13% of town’s res­i­dents were not born in the UK

Ash­ford has one of the high­est mi­grant pop­u­la­tions in Kent

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - An Author’s Life -

Ash­ford has one of Kent’s high­est mi­grant pop­u­la­tions.

A new in­ter­ac­tive map re­veals the per­cent­age of non-UK born peo­ple cur­rently liv­ing in the county and be­yond.

The map, re­leased last Fri­day by the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics, shows that Grave­sham has the high­est mi­gra­tion lev­els in Kent with 17% of res­i­dents hav­ing moved there from other coun­tries.

Next is Ash­ford with 13%, then Dart­ford and Maid­stone, which each have 11%, fol­lowed by Med­way, Shep­way and Tun­bridge Wells with 10%, Thanet with 9%, Can­ter­bury with 7% and Ton­bridge and Malling with 5%.

Last Thurs­day it was re­vealed that net mi­gra­tion in the past year has reached its high­est ever level of 330,000.

Across the UK, a to­tal of 1 in 8 peo­ple were born out­side the UK.

The map shows the largest nonUK born pop­u­la­tions are in the Lon­don area.

As of last year, there were five author­i­ties in the city where at least half of res­i­dents were born over­seas.

The map also shows that the per­cent­age of the non-UK born pop­u­la­tion is gen­er­ally lower out­side of Lon­don, and the low­est lev­els tend to be found in ru­ral ar­eas.

To view the map, visit http:// vis­ual.ons.gov.uk/what-arem­i­gra­tion-lev­els-like-in-yourarea/

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­group.co.uk

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