The Situation of Children in Immigrant Families in the United Kingdom

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Abstract

The foreign-born population in the United Kingdom reached 4.9 million in 2001, representing 8.3% of the total population. Around 2.1 million children (16.3% of all children) were in immigrant families. A fifth of these children were foreign born. The remainder were born in the United Kingdom of at least one foreign-born parent. More than 40% were in families from Asia, around 20 per cent in families from Africa and around 20% in families from other countries in Europe. Bangladesh, Jamaica, India and Pakistan are some of the main countries of origin. The aim of this report is to examine the situation of children in immigrant families in the United Kingdom based on research evidence and new analysis of the most recently available census data in 2001. The report includes research and data relating to all children in immigrant families, including foreign-born children who have immigrated to the United Kingdom and children who each have been born in the United Kingdom to at least one foreign born parent at the time of census 2001. The families fall into a variety of immigration categories, including refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants who have come to the United Kingdom to work or study or to join family members and who have permission to remain on a temporary or permanent basis.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUNICEF Innocenti Research Centre
Commissioning bodyUNICEF Innocenti Research Centre
Number of pages83
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Keywords

  • immigrants
  • Children
  • United Kingdom
  • census

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