Census result reveals one in eight UK residents was born overseas

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Results also reveal ‘white British’ people have become a minority in London – the first UK region where white British residents make up less than 50 per cent of the population

The UK’s immigrant population has leapt by three million in the last 10 years, with one in eight residents now born overseas.

According to the 2011 census results, which were released today, there are now 7.5 million foreign-born UK residents, up from 4.6 million in 2001.

The data also shows people describing themselves as ‘white British’ have become a minority in London for the first time.

White British people now make up just 44.9 per cent of London’s population with the number falling from 4.3 million in 2001 to 3.7 million in 2011.

London is believed to be the first region anywhere in the UK where white British residents are in the minority.



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