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Immigrants (Geographic Dispersal)

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what statistics are available on the geographic dispersal of immigrants who are of ethnic Kurdish origin in the UK between 2000 and 2005. (91572)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the national statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 9 October 2006:

As National Statistician and Registrar General for England and Wales, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what statistics are available on the geographic dispersal of immigrants who are of ethnic Kurdish origin in the UK between 2000 and 2005. (91572)

The most recent data was collected on both country of birth and ethnic origin in the 2001 Census. A person born outside of the UK can be said to have migrated to the UK at some point in their life but it should be noted that the ‘Country of Birth’ variable gives neither an indication of the nationality of the respondent (in 2001 or at the time of their birth) nor any information on when that person travelled to the UK.

The 2001 Census ethnic group question did not contain a separate tick-box response category for ‘Kurdish’, therefore the count is based on those who wrote in ‘Kurd’ or ‘Kurdish’ in the space provided for other ethnic groups. It may underestimate the total Kurdish population, because questions requiring a written response are more likely to be left blank than those with a tick-box.

Specially commissioned table C0741 has been run to identify the number of people who identified themselves as being of Kurdish ethnic origin who were born inside and outside of the UK. The results have been reproduced below for convenience and can also be obtained via a request to Census.customerservices@ons.gsi.gov.uk

UK

Kurdish

Area

All Kurdish

Born inside the UK

Born outside the UK

UK

12,405

1,564

10,841

England

11,894

1,521

10,373

North East GOR

158

0

158

North West GOR

398

51

347

Yorkshire and the Humber GOR

341

17

324

East Midlands GOR

146

11

135

West Midlands GOR

454

14

440

East GOR

407

28

379

London GOR

9,413

1,338

8,075

South East GOR

422

42

380

South West GOR

155

20

135

Wales

115

18

97

Scotland

379

25

354

Northern Ireland

17

0

17

Source: 2001 Census: Table C0741.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people of ethnic Kurdish origin live in (a) Greater London, (b) Manchester, (c) Birmingham and (d) Glasgow. (91573)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the national statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 9 October 2006:

As National Statistician and Registrar General for England and Wales, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many people of ethnic Kurdish origin live in (a) Greater London, (b) Manchester, (c) Birmingham and (d) Glasgow. (91573)

The most recent data available on people who identify themselves as Kurdish is from the 2001 Census. The ethnic group question did not contain a separate tick-box response category for ‘Kurdish’, therefore the count is based on those who wrote in ‘Kurd’ or ‘Kurdish’ in the space provided for other ethnic groups. It may underestimate the total Kurdish population, because questions requiring a written response are more likely to be left blank than those with a tick-box.

Specially commissioned table C0742 has been run to identify the number of people who identified themselves as being of Kurdish ethnic origin in (a) London GOR, (b) Manchester LAD, (c) Birmingham LAD and (d) Glasgow city. The results have been reproduced below for convenience and can also be obtained via a request to Census.customerservices@ons.gsi.gov.uk

Great Britain

Area

All Kurdish

London GOR

9,413

Manchester LAD

156

Birmingham LAD

206

Glasgow City

298

Source:2001 Census: Table C0742.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people of (a) black Caribbean, (b) black African, (c) Indian, (d) Pakistani, (e) Bangladeshi and (f) Chinese ethnic origin live in rural areas in England and Wales. (91621)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 9 October 2006:

As National Statistician and Registrar General for England and Wales, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many people of (a) black Carribbean, (b) black African, (c) Indian, (d) Pakistani, (e) Bangladeshi and (f) Chinese ethnic origin live in rural areas in England and Wales. (91621)

Figures on urban and rural areas are only available for 2001, Census year. In England and Wales urban areas are defined by Department of Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) as settlements with a usually resident population of 10,000 or more people. Rural areas are not specifically defined but the remainder i.e. those people who live either in settlements of under 10,000 people or do not live in a settlement are generally considered to live in a rural area. The table below has been presented on this basis.

The figures have been extracted from Table KS06 on the CD supplement to the Census 2001 Rural and Urban Classification 2004, which is available on request from the Office for National Statistics Census Customer Services [census.customerservices@ons.gsi.gov.uk].

England and Wales

All people living outside settlements of 10,000 people or more

Asian or Asian British

Black or Black British

Chinese or other ethnic group

Area

Indian

Pakistani

Bangladeshi

Black Caribbean

Black African

Chinese

England and Wales

23,692

7,508

3,119

9,008

7,227

16,795

Note:

In England and Wales, settlements with 10,000 or more people are defined as urban and settlements with less than 10,000 people are defined as rural.

Source:

Table KS06 in the Census 2001 Rural and Urban Classification 2004.