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Where do London’s New Europeans live?

By Sean L Hanley, on 13 January 2013

Newly released data from the 2011 Census reveals some interesting patterns about London’s Central and East Europeans, finds Allan Sikk

I’ve been waiting for some time for the UK 2011 census data to come out to give me a chance to look at the distribution of  Londons ‘New Europeans’ – people from the ten accession countries that joined the EU in 2004-7 – and to use the R open source statistics package to visualise data geographically.

Map of people born in EU10 by London borough

Image: Allan Sikk

Overall, people born in the EU accession state make up 4.5% of the population of London. However,  but the picture is quite diverse across boroughs and across individual ‘sending’ countries.

There’s an East European collar around the Inner London boroughs – particularly North of the river. Haringey tops the list with 9% born in accession countries), with Waltham Forest and Newham closely behind. Ealing to the West has, of course, long had a vibrant Polish community that is still going strong (6.4% of the population):

Polish born residents of London by borough

Image: Allan Sikk

Interestingly, those born in Lithuania – probably the third largest group here) – end to live in four North Eastern boroughs – you’ll find one in every two London Lithuanians in Barking & Dagenham, Waltham Forest, Redbridge, and, in particular, a stone’s throw from the Olympic stadium in Newham

Lithuanian born residents by London borough

Image: Allan Sikk

Many Romanians also live in these four boroughs, but, interestingly, Brent and Harrow in North West London have an even stronger Romanian presence:

Romanian born population by London borough

Image: Allan Sikk

Data on the other seven accession countries is so far not available, so it is difficult to tell which East European (or Finno-Ugric) languages you’re most likely to hear in Enfield where no less than 4.8% of population were born in the other seven Accession Countries:

People born in other EU10 by London borough

Image: Allan Sikk

Allan Sikk is Lecturer in Baltic Politics at UCL-SSEES. His research covers numerous aspects of   electoral  and party politics. He also has a strong interest in political science methodology and the use of quantitive and mixed methods.

This piece first appeared on Allan Sikk’s blog and is reproduced with permission.

Note: This article gives the views of the author(s), and not the position of the SSEES Research blog, nor of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, nor of UCL.

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