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Monday, 23rd December 2013

Migrants in the UK: An Overview

Source: Migration Observatory (UK)

Key Points:

Between 1993 and 2012 the foreign-born population in the UK almost doubled from 3.8 million to around 7.7 million. During the same period, the number of foreign citizens in the UK increased from nearly 2 million to 4.9 million.

London has the greatest number of migrants (2.8 million foreign-born people in 2012) among all regions with comparable data in the UK.

In 2012, the UK population was 11.4% foreign-born (up from 7% in 1993) and 7.2% foreign citizens (up from 4% in 1993).

Foreign-born people constituted 40% of Inner London’s population in 2012 (the highest share among all regions with comparable data).

India is the most common country of birth among the foreign-born, but Poland tops the list of foreign citizens in the UK.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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