Shock report highlights the massive increase in migrants moving to the Fens

Insp Robin Sissons, centre, briefs officers and the media before a recent Operation Pheasant investi

Insp Robin Sissons, centre, briefs officers and the media before a recent Operation Pheasant investigation into multiple occupation. The multi agency task force is tackling numerous issues surrounding immigration abuse. - Credit: Archant

Fenland has the fourth biggest increase in migrants moving to the area out of all the regions in the country, according to latest figures.

Above it for numbers are Luton, Peterborough and Cambridge .

The news comes as statistics show that the East of England has the third largest migrant population out of ten regions in England and Wales.

The east takes third place after London and the south east of England, rising from fourth place in 2001.

A comprehensive analysis of the migrant population of the East of England has been released by Oxford University’s Migration Observatory.


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It shows a 70% increase in the migrant population of the region between 2001 and 2011.

In 2011, the total usual resident population of the East of England stood at 5,842,965, with about 11% of those residents (642,215) born outside of the UK.

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This represents an increase of 70% in the foreign-born population of the region since 2001.

In 2011, the East of England occupied the third position in terms of the population numbers and the fourth position in terms of the population share of non-UK born residents.

The biggest percentage increase in the region’s non-UK born population occurred in Fenland, a 211% increase.

This was the third largest increase in England between 2001-2011 after the neighbouring districts of South Holland and Boston and the fourth largest in England and Wales.

Residents born in Poland represent the most numerous non-UK born group in the East of England (62,100 residents) followed by residents born in India, Ireland, and USA and Pakistan.

Dr Carlos Vargas-Silva, the Senior Researcher leading the census project at the Migration Observatory at Oxford University, said: “The East of England has seen a 70% increase in the migrant population over the last 10 years and now has the third largest migrant population of the ten regions of England and Wales. Eastern European migration for work purposes has been a significant factor in this, notably in Fenland and Peterborough.”

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