A new study has revealed Bradford holds the highest population of foreign-born residents across the region of Yorkshire and the Humber.
The Oxford University run study, which used statistics from the 2011 Census, found that Bradford had seen a 62.2 per cent increase in the number of non-UK born people living in the district since 2001 to 2011. The total number of non-UK born individuals in 2001 was 55,258 compared with 89,601 in 2011; 17.2 per cent of the district's total population.
Dr Mohammed Ali, chief executive of QED-UK, said:
"It's important not to incite negativity in respect to the increase of migrants over the last decade. Although a huge percentage rise, just nine per cent of residents in Yorkshire and Humber are born outside the UK. It's still a small minority."
"Up to 94 per cent of residents in the region speak English. Pakistan migrants have to be married to a British national earning £18,600 a year, and pass an English language test to enter the country, and second or third generation families are distinctly British."
In 2011, the total resident population of Yorkshire and the Humber was 5,283,733, with close to 9 per cent (464,691) of those residents being born outside of the UK and 4.5 per cent (236,270) holding a non-UK passport.
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