1 in 6 people in England, Wales born abroad, mostly India: Census

The number of foreign-born residents increased by 2.5 million over the decade to 10 million.
The number of foreign-born residents increased by 2.5 million over the decade to 10 million. Flickr [Creative Commons]

London: India was found to be the most common country of birth for one in six, or nearly 10 million, people in England and Wales, according to a report released by the UK's Office for National Statistics.

The report, "International Migration, England and Wales: Census 2021", said that 16.8 percent of residents were born abroad, up from 13.4 percent a decade earlier.

The number of foreign-born residents increased by 2.5 million over the decade to 10 million.

India was the most common country of origin, accounting for 920,000 people, which is 1.5 percent of the usual resident population, the 2021 census showed.

The three most common non-UK countries of birth for usual residents in 2021 were India, followed by Poland, which increased to 743,000 (1.2 percent), up from 579,000 in 2011; and Pakistan, which increased to 624,000 (1 percent), up from 482,000 in 2011.

The report comes at a time when the UK has been under duress over record number of migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats and arriving in Britain.

Migration led to a 6.3 percent rise in the population between 2011 and 2021, the report said.

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