Posted on July 6, 2015

How Traditional Communities from Overseas Have Been Overtaken by Influx of Migrants from Europe

Steve Doughty, Daily Mail, July 3, 2015

Jamaicans are no longer among the UK’s ten biggest overseas-born populations as the face of British immigration changes.

Traditional communities from overseas have been overtaken by an influx of migrants from Europe, the Office of National Statistics found.

There are now more people living in the UK who were born in Poland than Ireland, while the Indian population has grown by half since 2004.

And Caribbean nations–the source of much of the UK’s immigration in the 1950s and 1960s–have dropped out of the top ten completely.

The number of Jamaican-born people living in the UK went up by just 14,000 from 2004, putting it in 11th place with 152,000 people in 2013.

People born in smaller Caribbean countries such as Barbados and Guyana have dropped out of the list of 60 most populous immigrant groups entirely, and Trinidad and Tobago went to 59th.

The number of immigrants living in the UK went up by more than 2.6 million in a decade and there is now one immigrant for every seven people born in Britain.

In 2004, the year in which eight Eastern European EU member states were given the right to work freely in Britain, there were fewer than 100,000 Polish-born people in the UK.

Almost a decade on they were the second-largest group, with 688,000.

The ONS count gives estimates for the number of people who were born overseas and where in Britain they live–effectively a chart of immigrant populations.

In 2004 there were 5,258,000 people living in Britain who were born overseas, and 53,907,000 people who were born in Britain.

By 2013, the estimates said, there were 7,921,000 people in Britain who were born abroad, and 55,309,000 born in the UK.