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Release: 2011 Census, Short-term Resident Population Statistics for Local Authorities in England and Wales

Released: 31 October 2013


Peter Stokes

2011 Census

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444972

Categories: Population, Population Change, Population Estimates, Population Estimates by Age and Sex, Health and Social Care, Health of the Population, Disability and Self-reported Health, People and Places, People, Identity, Language, Labour Market, People in Work, Employment

Frequency of release: Decennial

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Local Authority and County

Survey name(s): Census

In this release

This release provides 2011 census estimates for the non-UK born short-term resident population living in England and Wales on census day 27 March 2011.

The tables in this release provide information on some of the key characteristics of the non-UK born short-term resident population of England and Wales such as population size, general health, religion, ethnic group, economic activity and occupation. There are 17 tables in total and they are available for merged local authority districts in England and Wales.

A non-UK born short-term resident is defined as anyone born outside the UK who, on census day (27 March 2011) was living in England and Wales and also intended to stay in the UK for a period of 3 to 12 months.

The set of tables on non-UK born short-term residents in this release are designed to be as comparable as possible with previously published Quick Statistics tables on the usually resident population. The majority of short-term resident tables are therefore based on published Quick Statistics tables and use the same or comparable breakdown of classifications. All tables are univariate with the exception of one table showing population by single year of age and sex, and show information for a single census variable or topic for the non-UK born short-term resident population.

The tables in this release build on and provide additional information to the previously released set of five tables on the non-UK born short-term resident population of England and Wales published on 26 March 2013. These five tables on age, sex, country of birth, economic activity and passports held are reproduced in this release to ensure a complete and consistent set of outputs are available on the non-UK born short-term resident population. As a result there are small differences in the classifications used in these tables in this release compared to the previously published tables.

Analysis of the non-UK born short-term resident population by age, sex and economic activity was undertaken as part of the earlier release. This was reported at national, regional and local level. An interactive map displaying the location of non-UK born short-term residents across England and Wales was also available as part of this earlier release.

ONS separately produces estimates of short-term migrants (STM) in England and Wales using data collected from the International Passenger Survey (IPS), in addition to these census estimates of short-term residents (STR). It should be noted that the two sets of estimates are not directly comparable due to differences in how the two sources define and estimate this population group. These differences should be taken into account before any comparisons are made.  In particular:

  • The census only captures those STRs who are foreign-born (non-UK born) and who were physically in the country on census day and intended to stay for 3 to 12 months, whereas the IPS includes both non-UK and UK-born overseas short-term migrants who stay in the UK for 3 to 12 months.

  • The census estimates the stock of non-UK born STRs at a particular point in time (those present on 27 March 2011), whereas the IPS estimates the number of short-term migration moves.

These and other differences between the 2011 Census estimates of non-UK born short-term residents and IPS estimates of short-term migrants are addressed in the reconciliation report Examining the Differences between the Mid-year Short-term Immigration Estimates and the 2011 Census for England and Wales published in May 2013.

The tables in this release are produced for a geography referred to as 2011 Census merged LADs. In this geographic hierarchy, the London boroughs of Westminster and City of London have been merged, and Cornwall UA has been merged with the Isles of Scilly UA. All other London boroughs, unitary authorities and districts in England and unitary authorities in Wales remain unmerged in this hierarchy.

These unmerged areas have the same boundaries as their equivalent areas in other geographies, but are given a different entity code (E41 in England and W40 in Wales) to that used in the standard statistical or administrative hierarchies. A different entity code (E42) is also used for English counties in the merged LAD hierarchy.

ONS has also released today census estimates on the Workday Population for Output Areas in England and Wales.

All tables in this release are available from the Nomis website. Each table can be accessed directly using the links in the reference table (37.5 Kb Excel sheet) .

Information about merged LADs and other geographic areas is available from ONS Geography.

Further information about the census estimates, including details about the methodology used and information about how other population sub-groups are counted and defined, is available in the 2011 Census user guide.

Further information on the fitness for purpose of the statistics in this release can be found in the Quality and Methodology Information paper (157.6 Kb Pdf) .

These National Statistics are produced to high professional standards and released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

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