One in 20 Mansfield residents were born outside the UK, statistics reveal

One in every 20 people living in Mansfield were born outside the UK, figures show, far below the average for England and Wales.

Monday, 17th June 2019, 5:21 pm
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Estimates from the Office for National Statistics show that only five per cent of Mansfield's 108,000-strong population last year were born overseas, down two per cent from a decade earlier.

The figures are based on the Annual Population Survey, and count people living at private addresses and students in halls of residences whose parents are based in the UK. They exclude people living in communal buildings such as hostels or hotels.

Of the 5,000 people living in Mansfield last year who were born outside the UK, 80per cent were from the European Union.

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Everything you need to know about Mansfield's appearance on Top GearHowever, in Ashfield six per cent of its population last year were born overseas, up four per cent from a decade earlier.

Of the 7,000 people living in Ashfield last year who were born outside the UK, most (71 per cent) were from the European Union.

Across England and Wales, the population born inside the EU has stabilised over the last 10 years, while the share born outside the EU increased gradually.

Rob McNeil, the deputy director of the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, said uncertainties surrounding the UK’s withdrawal from the trading bloc have made the country a less attractive destination for EU citizens.

He described a “lack of clarity” about their status as residents and workers after Brexit, with the falling value of the pound meaning that their potential earnings in the UK are worth less than in recent years.

Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero dragged into Esther McVey and Lorraine Kelly GMTV rowDespite this general trend, Ann Blake of the Centre for International Migration at the ONS said population patterns differed at a local level.

The areas with the highest proportions of non-UK born populations were in London . They made up about half of all people in Brent, Westminster, and Kensington and Chelsea.

The ONS estimates that some 9.3 million people born overseas lived in the UK last year – 14per cent of the population.

There was a higher proportion of migrants among people of working age at 18per cent.

Between 2008 and 2018, the greatest increase in the share of people born outside the UK was in South Bucks and Surrey Heath, where it rose by 15per cent in both areas.

The sharpest fall was in Richmondshire, where it went down by seven per cent.