Migrants up 62% since 2001

The proportion of foreign-born residents in the South West has risen 62% in a decade, according to the 2011 census. Bristol saw the highest rise - over 100%.

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The communities changing the face of Bristol

Bristol's foreign-born population has more than doubled in the last decade. New figures released today show more than 63,000 immigrants now live in the city.

Analysis of the Census also reveals Swindon saw a 97% rise, but the South West as a whole has one of the smallest foreign-born populations in England and Wales.

Richard Payne has been looking at the figures.

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Immigration in the South West - the new facts

Newly-released data from the the 2011 census shows an increase in the proportion of foreign-born residents in the South West:

  • The proportion of foreign-born South West residents has risen 62% since 2001
  • 45% of that foreign-born population holds a UK passport
  • Bristol saw the highest increase - 100%. In Swindon it was 97%
  • Polish nationals make up the highest proportion of foreign-born residents, followed by Germans

Bristol's foreign born population doubles in a decade

Census reveals doubling of number of foreign born residents Credit: ITV News West Country

Bristol's foreign-born population has more than doubled in the last decade, according to analysis of the 2011 census. Research has found that the south west has among the fewest non-UK residents in the country - but that figure has still risen by 155 thousand since 2001.

People born in Poland were the largest non-UK group in our region.

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