Purbeck has the lowest proportion of migrants in the country
PURBECK is only areas in England and Wales where the proportion of migrants has declined since 2001.
The West Country has one of the smallest migrant populations in the country, according to new research.
The first comprehensive analysis of the migrant population of the South West of England has been released by Oxford University’s Migration Observatory, showing that the area ranks eighth out of ten regional areas for migrant numbers – but that this population, nonetheless, increased by 155,261 (62 per cent) between 2001 and 2011.
The spread of this increase was uneven, with some areas – such as Bournemouth and Bristol seeing the foreign-born population increase by more than 100 per cent, while Purbeck is the only area in whole of England and Wales where the proportion of migrants in the population (though not the absolute number) has actually declined since 2001.
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In 2011, the total usual resident population of the South West stood at 5,288,935. About 8 per cent of those residents (404,660) were born outside of the UK. This represents an increase of 62 per cent (155,261) in the non-UK born population of the region since 2001.
In 2011, 45 per cent of the non-UK born population of the South West held a UK passport, and 50 per cent held only a non-UK passport. The rest (5 per cent) held no passport
In both 2001 and 2011, the South West occupied the eighth position in terms of population numbers of non-UK born residents out of the ten regions of England and Wales. In terms of the population share, it occupied the eighth position in 2011, down from seventh position in 2001.
In 2011 Bristol had the highest number (63,126) of migrant residents, while Bournemouth had the highest population share (15 per cent).
Between 2001 and 2011, the total non-UK born population grew the most in Bristol (31,815 additional residents).
The smallest foreign-born population in 2011 was in the Isles of Scilly, with 133 non-UK born residents representing 6 per cent of the population of 2,203. The lowest population share of non-UK born residents was Torridge in Devon (3.4 per cent). The non-UK born population grew the least in Purbeck in Dorset, increasing by eight residents between 2001-2011.