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Immigration

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of all UK workers were migrant workers in each reporting period since 1992-93, broken down by region; and if he will make a statement. (96623)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 31 October 2006:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the percentage of employed people in the United Kingdom who were migrant workers, by region, since 1992. (96623)

The attached table gives the percentage of employed people of working age in each region of residence who were either United Kingdom or foreign born, for the three month period ending June, for each year since 1997. Comparable estimates are not available for 1998 and 2000, and for earlier periods.

Estimates are taken from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

Percentage1 of people in employment of working age2 who were born in the United Kingdom or were born abroad, by region of residence, 1997 to 2006, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted

Three months ending June each year

United Kingdom

North East

North West

Yorkshire and the Humber

East Midlands

West Midlands

Eastern

1997

Born in UK

92.5

97.3

95.9

95.6

94.4

93.8

93.6

Born abroad

7.5

2.7

4.1

4.4

5.6

6.2

6.4

1999

Born in UK

92.3

97.8

96.0

95.5

94.2

93.7

93.4

Born abroad

7.7

2.2

4.0

4.5

5.8

6.3

6.6

2001

Born in UK

91.8

97.0

96.1

95.5

94.7

94.1

92.7

Born abroad

8.2

3.0

3.9

4.5

5.3

5.9

7.3

2002

Born in UK

91.4

96.9

96.1

95.3

94.2

93.7

92.7

Born abroad

8.6

3.1

3.9

4.7

5.8

6.3

7.3

2003

Born in UK

90.9

97.5

95.9

94.3

94.5

93.2

92.5

Born abroad

9.1

2.5

4.1

5.7

5.5

6.8

7.5

2004

Born in UK

90.6

96.1

95.8

94.6

93.7

92.7

91.8

Born abroad

9.4

3.9

4.2

5.4

6.3

7.3

8.2

2005

Born in UK

90.1

96.1

94.7

93.5

93.1

93.7

91.1

Born abroad

9.9

3.9

5.3

6.5

6.9

6.3

8.9

2006

Born in UK

88.9

96.3

93.9

93.4

91.6

91.5

89.4

Born abroad

11.1

3.7

6.1

6.6

8.4

8.5

10.6

Three months ending June each year

London

South East

South West

Wales

Scotland

Northern Ireland

1997

Born in UK

74.7

92.7

95.5

96.7

97.2

96.9

Born abroad

25.3

7.3

4.5

3.3

2.8

3.1

1999

Born in UK

74.2

92.7

95.4

97.1

96.4

96.5

Born abroad

25.8

7.3

4.6

2.9

3.6

3.5

2001

Born in UK

71.6

92.0

95.2

96.4

96.8

96.3

Born abroad

28.4

8.0

4.8

3.6

3.2

3.7

2002

Born in UK

70.1

91.6

94.0

96.7

96.3

96.5

Born abroad

29.9

8.4

6.0

3.3

3.7

3.5

2003

Born in UK

68.2

90.7

93.7

95.5

96.2

96.5

Born abroad

31.8

9.3

6.3

4.5

3.8

3.5

2004

Born in UK

67.3

91.0

94.4

95.9

96.1

95.1

Born abroad

32.7

9.0

5.6

4.1

3.9

4.9

2005

Born in UK

66.3

90.6

93.9

95.8

95.5

95.4

Born abroad

33.7

9.4

6.1

4.2

4.5

4.6

2006

Born in UK

65.0

88.6

93.0

96.2

95.0

94.2

Born abroad

35.0

11.4

7.0

3.8

5.0

5.8

1 Those who did not state their country of birth are excluded from totals. 2 Men aged 16 to 64 and women aged 16 to 59. Note: Comparable data not available for 1998 and 2000. Source: ONS Labour Force Survey (LFS).