Newport's migrant population doubles in ten years

Newport's migrant population doubles in ten years

Newport's migrant population doubles in ten years

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NEWPORT’s migrant population has more than doubled in the ten years since 2001, new figures have revealed today.

The study by Oxford University’s Migration Observatory was formed through census analysis of migrants in Wales.

Newport had Wales’ second highest population share of non-UK born people at 8.5 per cent. In 2011, there were 12,333 non-UK born residents in Newport, more than twice the amount of 6,023 in 2001.

The top five foreign groups in Newport’s foreign-born residents in 2011 were Polish – 6.4 per cent, Irish – 5.81 per cent, German - 3.59 per cent, Chinese - 1.74 per cent and the biggest being Indian, with 7.42 per cent.

Elsewhere in Gwent, Blaenau Gwent had Wales’ smallest foreign-born population (1,502) and the lowest population share (2.2 per cent), while Torfaen had the smallest numerical increase (651) and percentage increase (36.3 per cent).

Overall, Wales’ foreign-born population increased by 82 per cent in the last decade – proportionally more than England (61 per cent) and Northern Ireland (72 per cent), but less than Scotland (93 per cent).

David Phillips, chief executive at South East Wales Regional Equality Council in Newport said he had seen the rise in migrant population. He said: “I think Newport has got a long history of good race relations. Newport has hundreds of years of migration. We are very diverse and always have been and have very good relations between these groups.”

SEWREC offer a range of services not only to migrants but to anyone who feels they may not be getting equal opportunities. They help facilitate access to education, training and work and offer support to improve basic skills as well as helping overall integration.

Mr Phillips said: “A lot of the feedback we get is that Wales is much friendlier and more relaxed.”

Dr Carlos Vargas-Silva, the Senior Researcher leading the census project at the Migration Observatory at Oxford University, said: “It is worth noting that Wales has the smallest proportion of migrants in its population of all of the nations of the UK.

“Because Wales started with a much smaller migrant population than England – both numerically and in terms of its share of the overall population – smaller numerical growth can be considerably bigger growth in percentage terms. Nevertheless, there has been a large increase in the migrant population of Wales, especially in Cardiff, Swansea and Newport.”

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1:52pm Tue 4 Mar 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Oh God! It's going to get like a loony fest up in here...
Oh God! It's going to get like a loony fest up in here... GardenVarietyMushroom
  • Score: -1

1:56pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Llanmartinangel says...

All these people will need teaching Welsh so they can stay in touch with their heritage.
All these people will need teaching Welsh so they can stay in touch with their heritage. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 2

2:13pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Realist UK says...

There's too many people making a living out of peddling the mantra "immigration is good for the UK" for me to be bothered to protest here. I'll use the ballot box instead.
There's too many people making a living out of peddling the mantra "immigration is good for the UK" for me to be bothered to protest here. I'll use the ballot box instead. Realist UK
  • Score: 21

2:15pm Tue 4 Mar 14

KarloMarko says...

Seems only fair to me after the BNP invaded Poland in 1939! What goes around....etc.

"Niech Zyje Polska!"

And their great sausages.
Seems only fair to me after the BNP invaded Poland in 1939! What goes around....etc. "Niech Zyje Polska!" And their great sausages. KarloMarko
  • Score: -13

2:47pm Tue 4 Mar 14

whatintheworld says...

Realist UK wrote:
There's too many people making a living out of peddling the mantra "immigration is good for the UK" for me to be bothered to protest here. I'll use the ballot box instead.
so many people peddle that mantra because its true. on the whole, immigration has benefited our country.

granted, the balance sheet doesnt take in to account xenophobia
[quote][p][bold]Realist UK[/bold] wrote: There's too many people making a living out of peddling the mantra "immigration is good for the UK" for me to be bothered to protest here. I'll use the ballot box instead.[/p][/quote]so many people peddle that mantra because its true. on the whole, immigration has benefited our country. granted, the balance sheet doesnt take in to account xenophobia whatintheworld
  • Score: -8

3:03pm Tue 4 Mar 14

El Chapo says...

If an immigrant speaks and understands English to at least a level 6 on the IELTS or similar test and does not add to the cost of the benefit system then I say they are adding to society so let's keep moving forward.
If an immigrant speaks and understands English to at least a level 6 on the IELTS or similar test and does not add to the cost of the benefit system then I say they are adding to society so let's keep moving forward. El Chapo
  • Score: -2

4:13pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Mr Holder says...

"5.81 per cent, German" 5.81 per cent with German passports.
"5.81 per cent, German" 5.81 per cent with German passports. Mr Holder
  • Score: 2

4:57pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Bobevans says...

So from this I can conclude Newport is now a lot richer than 10 years ago as the politicians keep telling us how much value migrants add to the economy

I cannot say I have seen any increase in wealth in Newport over the last 10 years but the politicians say it is true so I suppose it must be. They would not be lying to us would they?
So from this I can conclude Newport is now a lot richer than 10 years ago as the politicians keep telling us how much value migrants add to the economy I cannot say I have seen any increase in wealth in Newport over the last 10 years but the politicians say it is true so I suppose it must be. They would not be lying to us would they? Bobevans
  • Score: 12

7:54pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Magor says...

How many did not fill in a census? Also its 2014 so these figures are out of date.
How many did not fill in a census? Also its 2014 so these figures are out of date. Magor
  • Score: 4

8:00pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Mervyn James says...

Just as we suspected England lets them all through London, then moves them all on here or to the North Of England. Merkel told Cameron "there is nothing you can do and we are sending more.... you need us more than we need you so shut it....." There is now nothing to lose than a total ban on any more migration here, it has gone up to over 12,000 in Newport alone ? This is a take over...... And we thought Cameron was stupid........ he is driving the welsh out of Wales with migrants.
Just as we suspected England lets them all through London, then moves them all on here or to the North Of England. Merkel told Cameron "there is nothing you can do and we are sending more.... you need us more than we need you so shut it....." There is now nothing to lose than a total ban on any more migration here, it has gone up to over 12,000 in Newport alone ? This is a take over...... And we thought Cameron was stupid........ he is driving the welsh out of Wales with migrants. Mervyn James
  • Score: 8

8:57pm Tue 4 Mar 14

foxy3rd says...

People rightly say that the Poles etc. contribute to our society.
I wonder what the figures will tell us about the Roumanians in a year or two..I know for a fact that a lot of Poles were doing productive work soon after arriving here,but I see a lot of Roumanians in the Maindee, Corporation Rd. and town areas idle or worse.
People rightly say that the Poles etc. contribute to our society. I wonder what the figures will tell us about the Roumanians in a year or two..I know for a fact that a lot of Poles were doing productive work soon after arriving here,but I see a lot of Roumanians in the Maindee, Corporation Rd. and town areas idle or worse. foxy3rd
  • Score: 5

9:03pm Tue 4 Mar 14

sillybilly43 says...

Llanmartinangel wrote:
All these people will need teaching Welsh so they can stay in touch with their heritage.
hahahah n1
[quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: All these people will need teaching Welsh so they can stay in touch with their heritage.[/p][/quote]hahahah n1 sillybilly43
  • Score: 0

9:07pm Tue 4 Mar 14

sillybilly43 says...

wow 83% in a decade !! Well Newport must be buzzing !! It must have had extra houses/schools/hospi
tals built to accommodate these folk!!!
And I expect the economy is booming as they all work!!! Don,t they???
wow 83% in a decade !! Well Newport must be buzzing !! It must have had extra houses/schools/hospi tals built to accommodate these folk!!! And I expect the economy is booming as they all work!!! Don,t they??? sillybilly43
  • Score: 3

9:56pm Tue 4 Mar 14

jaggededge says...

In maindee there is shed loads of Czechoslovakia's who are benefit tourists old and young loads of to rent properties and do a runner after 6 months and that's fact
In maindee there is shed loads of Czechoslovakia's who are benefit tourists old and young loads of to rent properties and do a runner after 6 months and that's fact jaggededge
  • Score: -1

12:06pm Wed 5 Mar 14

real comment says...

MIGRATION IS LEAVING
IMMIGRATION IS ARRIVING . SO WHAT IS IT THE ARGUS IS TRYING TO SAYING ?
MIGRATION IS LEAVING IMMIGRATION IS ARRIVING . SO WHAT IS IT THE ARGUS IS TRYING TO SAYING ? real comment
  • Score: -1

1:26am Thu 6 Mar 14

bravoscar says...

Benefits Port
Benefits Port bravoscar
  • Score: 0

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