Nearly a third of Redbridge residents born outside UK and EU, census shows

Redbridge has the ninth-highest proportion of residents born outside of the UK and the EU in the country, new figures from the 2011 census have revealed.

More than 30 per cent of the borough’s residents were born in other countries – mostly southern Asia.

The figures mirror the London-wide rise in foreign-born residents.

One in three people in the capital were not born in the UK, up from one in four in 2001.

In Redbridge, most non-EU residents come from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

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The number of people born in Asia living in Redbridge has also increased by eight per cent in the last decade.

The census showed Redbridge as one of the most religiously-diverse areas in the country, with high proportions of Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Jewish residents.

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The borough has the sixth-lowest proportion of white British residents in the UK, who make up 34.5 per cent of the population.

The second-largest group is of Indian ethnicity, followed by Pakistani, other Asian, Bangladeshi, and black of African, Carribean or other descent.

The census records population data at local authority level.

A full breakdown of figures will be in next week’s Recorder.

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