Foreigners keep London breeding

Capital’s population was boosted thanks to international immigration

05 January 2009 – London grew by 1.8 million in the 10 years to 2007, but it was the only region of the UK to experience a net population loss, which was 344,558. However, the capital’s population was boosted over the 10 years to 2007 thanks to international immigration.

The Bank of Scotland research, published today, showed that between 1998 and 2007 nearly 2 million people moved out of the capital to other parts of Britain, while 1.6 million moved to it. This two million was equivalent to more than a quarter (26%) of the city’s population in 2007.

The city proved less popular with British residents, and lost the largest number of people through internal migration of any area in the UK. London had by far the biggest level of net international migration of any city – almost 1.8 million more people moving from abroad than leaving the capital to live outside the UK.

John Philpott, the chief economist at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development said: "One in three workers in London is an overseas worker. Many indigenous people just do not want to do jobs such as cleaning and can not afford the high property prices so move to the suburbs to bring up their families."

The South-East was the most popular region for people to move to from elsewhere in the UK, leading to a net increase of 550,889.

Northern Ireland gained 10,681 residents through internal migration. The North-East and North-West were the only regions to see an overall decline in their populations. They lost 26,000 and 27,000 respectively.

Martin Ellis, Bank of Scotland chief economist, said: "There have been significant population movements. "Regions in southern England saw the largest gain from internal migration with the South-East proving the most popular region for people to move to from elsewhere in the UK."

Internal migration boosted Scotland’s population by a total of 157,757. Over the 10 years 542,524 people moved there from other regions of the UK, while only 384,767 left.

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