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London's population by country of birth

Key points

  • An estimated 3.1 million people in London were born outside the UK.
  • After the UK, India was the most common country of birth among people living in London at 290,000 people.
  • The number of people born in Bangladesh and Ireland has fallen slightly in since 2004.

London’s population by country of birth

What does this graph show?

An estimated 3.1 million people in London were born outside the UK. The graph shows the most common countries of birth of people living in London.

After the UK, India was the most common country of birth among people living in London. In 2014 an estimated 290,000 people in London were born in India, up from 190,000 in 2004. People born in Poland and Pakistan were the next largest groups, both having doubled in size over the last decade. The next largest groups are those born in Bangladesh and Ireland, both of which have fallen slightly in size since 2004. The number born in Kenya and Jamaica has also decreased.

The number of people born in Romania and Afghanistan is not recorded for 2004 as in each case it was less than 10,000. In contrast, the number from Romania has increased to 84,000 in 2014 and the number from Afghanistan to 51,000.

Data used

Annual Population Survey, ONS (via GLA)

Indicator last updated: 15 October 2015