More than 70 per cent of Manchester folk born in UK
BREXIT and the general election have pushed immigration up the agenda – but new figures suggest more than 70 per cent of people in Manchester were born in the UK.
The data, published by the Office for National Statistics, suggests that the city had a total population of 551,000 as of summer this year.
Of those, an estimated 396,000 were born in the UK. That leaves 155,000 who were born in other countries.
So how many of those 155,000 were born in foreign countries that are in the European Union? The figures estimate just 34,000, or fewer than one in four.
It means foreigners born in the EU make up just 6.2 per cent of Manchester’s total population.
Put another way, for everyone one person in the city who was born in another EU country, there are roughly 12 who were born in the UK.
That leaves an estimated 121,000 people living in Manchester who were not born in the UK, and not born in an EU country.
The common country for someone living in the UK to have been born in – other than the UK itself, of course – is India.
There are an estimated 837,000 Indian-born people living here.
More than half have acquired British citizenship.
There are an estimated 827,000 people born in Poland, 533,000 born in Pakistan, 434,000 born in Romania, and 358,000 born in Ireland.