Eastern Eye (UK)

India second in non-UK born migrants


CHINA has overtaken India as the most common country of birth for non-UK-born shortterm (under 12 months) residents in England and Wales, according to the latest data released last Wednesday (22).

The changing picture of short-term internatio­nal migration, England and Wales report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed Romania was the third most common country of birth for such residents now, though the country was not present in the top 10 in 2011.

According to the report, which compared census data from 2011 to 2021, 21 per cent of short-term residents came from China, followed by India (10 per cent) and Romania (five per cent). India, China and the US were the most common countries of birth for non-UKborn short-term residents in England and Wales in 2011.

The report noted that India and Pakistan were ranked highly for both short-term residents and usual residents, with India being the most common for usual residents and Pakistan being the third.

Among non-UK-born shortterm residents, India came in at second and Pakistan at fourth.

The ONS data revealed that India was the most common country of birth for economical­ly active non-UK-born shortterm residents (14 per cent) in 2021, followed by Romania (11 per cent), Poland (six per cent) and Pakistan (four per cent).

London accounted for the highest percentage of non-UKborn short-term residents (29 per cent), followed by southeast (14 per cent) and northwest (11 per cent).

There were 136,000 non-UKborn short-term residents recorded by the census 2021, with 45 per cent being men and 55 per cent women.

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