That estimate, when calculated, does not take into account any possible change in government policy or external factors such as war overseas. Migrants now account for 37% of London residents, up from 27% in 2001. The change was revealed by the Migration Observatory at Oxford University, which analysed census data.
In 2011, London was home to 2.99 million foreign-born people, up from 1.94 million in 2001. There were 5.17 million UK-born residents, down from 5.23 million in 2001. Immigration has soared over the last decade as eastern European nations joined the EU. Migrants make up 13% of the UK population, with 7.5 million in England and Wales. Some 40% live in London, the Migration Observatory study found.
The capital’s population grew 14% in the decade to 2011 — from 7.17 million to 8.17 million. Migration Watch UK said: “This underlines the huge impact that mass immigration is having on our society.” Some 3.8 million came to Britain between 2001 and 2011 — more than the 3.7 million who came over the previous 50 years.