Northern Ireland Strategic Migration Partnership

Census 2011: Key Statistics for Northern Ireland

12 December 2012

On 11th December 2012 further statistics from the 2011 Census were released including data on Northern Irish Identities and Migration.

Since 2001 there has been a 2% increase from 9-11% in the usually resident population who have been born outside Northern Ireland – migrants from the EU account for 2% of the population. Dungannon is the district with the highest proportion of migrants from the EU, and one of the top districts playing host to residents from non-EEA countries.

In the last decade the proportion of the population belonging to a minority ethnic group has more than doubled, from 0.8% to 1.8%, within which the most prevalent groups were from the Chinese, Indian and Other Asian communities – all accounting for 0.3% of the population. Minority ethnic groups were most prevalent in Belfast, Castlereagh and Dungannon.

A new question from the census regarding passports revealed that 2.2% of the population of Northern Ireland held passports from Other EU Countries, 0.5% from the Middle East and Asia, and 0.3% from North America and the Caribbean.

Another new question revealed that 3.1% of the resident population above the age of three did not have English as their main language. 1% had Polish as their main language, 0.4% Lithuanian and 0.2% Irish. Nearly a quarter of people whose first language wasn’t English lived in Belfast, however Dungannon had the most diversity with 9.3% of the population having a main language other than English.

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Northern Ireland Strategic Migration Partnership