Migrant map of the UK: How Bulgarians head for Hereford and Zimbabweans love Leicester

  • Polish like Northern Ireland, while Bulgarians head for Herefordshire
  • Hull draws Iraqi migrants and Warrington is popular with Slovaks
  • DWP figures show where migrants applied for National Insurance Number

By James Rush

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Some of the more surprising destinations across the country attracting many of the thousands of migrants making their homes in the UK have been revealed in latest Government figures.

Although London still remains the biggest draw for most people looking to relocate to the UK, areas including Warrington, Hull and Peterborough are proving to be draws for certain nationalities.

And while the figures suggest Polish people, the biggest single group of migrants during 2011-12 with almost 80,000 settling in the UK, seem to like Northern Ireland, Bulgarians tend to head for Herefordshire and Zimbabweans apparently prefer Leicester.

Government figures have revealed the cities and towns across the UK where thousands of migrants are making their home

Government figures have revealed the cities and towns across the UK where thousands of migrants are making their home

The figures came out in Department for Work and Pensions data which showed where 600,000 migrants applied for a National Insurance Number to work or study, the Sun has reported.

The data suggested while Poland had the largest number of migrants to the UK, there was also 47,270 Indians and 38,300 from Pakistan.

 

Elsewhere, Birmingham was not surprisingly a big draw, being popular with migrants from China, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and the African state of Eritrea. According to the figures, migrants from China were also keen on Glasgow.

Meanwhile, many of the 33,190 Lithuanians who arrived in the country opted for Peterborough and a large number of Iraqi migrants chose Hull, in Humberside.

Some of the UK's more unlikely towns and cities have been revealed as the places where thousands of migrants have been making their home

Some of the UK's more unlikely towns and cities have been revealed as the places where thousands of migrants have been making their home

Warrington, in Cheshire, was also popular with many Slovak migrants.

Polish migrants also settled in Ealing, West London, while nearby Brent was a popular destination for Romanians, Hungarians and Portuguese.

Those coming from Australia gravitated towards Hammersmith and Fulham, while South Africans and New Zealand migrants preferred Wandsworth.

Meanwhile, Americans tend to go to Westminster or Kensington and Chelsea, according to The Sun.

The figures were revealed in Department for Work and Pensions data which showed where 600,000 migrants applied for a National Insurance Number

The figures were revealed in Department for Work and Pensions data which showed where 600,000 migrants applied for a National Insurance Number

The figures were published at a time of increased political tension over immigration, amid fears of a large-scale influx of Bulgarians and Romanians next year.

Transitional arrangements in place since 2005, which restrict the rights of 29million Bulgarian and Romanian citizens to live and work in other EU states, will expire in December.

Campaign group MigrationWatch has claimed that as many as 250,000 could arrive over the next five years.

Last month the Daily Mail reported how the Coalition had rejected figures, compiled under the Labour government, which suggested the number of Romanian and Bulgarian migrants expected next year was just 12,700.

Romanian Gypsies congregating around Marble Arch in London. Transitional arrangements which restrict the rights of 29million Bulgarian and Romanian citizens to live and work in other EU states, will expire in December

Romanian Gypsies congregating around Marble Arch in London. Transitional arrangements which restrict the rights of 29million Bulgarian and Romanian citizens to live and work in other EU states, will expire in December

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said the estimates, revealed after months of cover-up by ministers, were drawn up by Labour after comparing the two countries to Poland, which has sent around one million people to the UK.

The document predicted just 4,613 Bulgarians, out of a population of 7.5million, will come to Britain every year, along with 8,156 Romanians – a tiny fraction of its 21.4million inhabitants.

Addressing Westminster journalists, Mr Pickles said he had ‘no confidence’ in the figures and that was why ministers chose not to publicise them, though he said they were slipped out on a Whitehall website in 2011.

TOP 20 COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN OF MIGRANTS APPLYING FOR NATIONAL INSURANCE NUMBERS IN 2011-12

Poland - 79,140

Portugal - 17,250

India - 47, 270

Republic of Ireland - 15,910

Pakistan - 38,300

China - 14,840

Lithuania - 33,190

Australia - 14,200

Spain - 30,370

Nigeria - 13,770

Italy - 24,280

Bulgaria - 12,580

Romania - 22,940

Germany - 11,760

France - 21,560

Slovakia - 9,890

Latvia - 18,590

Czech Republic - 7,520

Hungary - 18,110

Bangladesh - 7,660


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UKIP everyone please vote to save your future.

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Don't like this vote UKIP

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I'm afraid these numbers are way off and the actually real figures are at least double. They're not telling you this because they think you're stupid and you will tow the line as usual.

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What happened to the other two million then,I reckon they are all in Southend on the seafront. It is not being xenophobic trying to protect your own people,also what does my head in is that they come over here and then start telling me what to do in my country. - english and proud, Inverness, United Kingdom, 3/4/2013 11:40

Sounds a bit like colonisation to me. Or Karma, depending on how you want to look at it.

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So long, fair well Britain.

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What about the south we have thousands and thousands down here ??? walk down any high st and there isnt many british accents at all.

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Great to see Wales free - I can see whole swathes of England lobbying to be seperate states soon!

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VOTE UKIP !!!!!!!! STOP IMMIGRATION LET'S MAKE BRITIAN BRITISH AGAIN VOTE UKIP VOTE UKIP VOTE UKIP

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So why mention Zimbabwe at all when it is not even among the top 20 source countries? Contrary to popular opinion, none of the top countries of origin are from anywhere in Africa.

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We have had this for years here in wales with the english lol...

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