How many migrants are there in the UK? Where do migrants live? What countries do migrants to the UK come from? This briefing provides an overview of the UK’s foreign-born population.
By Dr Carlos Vargas-Silva and Dr Cinzia Rienzo
- In 2021, people born outside the UK made up an estimated 14.4% of the UK’s population, or 9.5 million people.
- Compared to the UK born, migrants are more likely to be aged 26 to 64, and less likely to be children or people of retirement age.
- London has the largest number of migrants among all regions of the UK, 3,346,000 – or 37% of the UK’s total foreign-born population.
- In the year ending June 2021, India was – once again – the most common country of birth for migrants (896,000) in the UK. It regained the top place from Poland, after a number of Polish-born people left the UK. Poles still represented the biggest non-British nationality (696,000).
- About half of non-EU migrants in the year ending June 2021 said they came to the UK for family reas...
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