Author:TIM SCULTHORPE, DEPUTY POLITICAL EDITOR FOR MAILONLINE
More than 70 areas of Britain have seen the biggest surge in the non-UK born population, new data revealing the changing face of Britain shows today.
In some parts of the country the number of people born abroad has soared by as much as 10-fold. There are 77 places where the number has increased at least 6 per cent.
Boston in Lincolnshire is the most changed place in Britain between 2007 and 2017. The town’s population of people born overseas has soared from 3 per cent to 29 per cent.
Many of the places with the biggest change were also the most strongly supportive of Brexit.
Today’s data from the Office for National Statistics also reveals there are more Romanians living in Britain than Irish for the first time.
And the population in parts of London is due to expand by nearly a fifth over a decade as immigration helps push England’s population to 58.5million.
The swelling capital is expected to be the biggest contributor to growth in numbers over the coming years, according to official estimates released today.
London is set to have 9.54million residents – just short of Megacity status – by 2026, up 774,000 from the middle of 2016. The 8.8 per cent net increase drives an England-wide growth of 5.9 per cent.