13% of town’s residents were not born in the UK
Ashford has one of the highest migrant populations in Kent
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/
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