Migrant share of population ‘slowing down’


The rate of migration into Boston has slowed compared with the decade up to the last census according to figures released last week.

On Friday, the Migration Observatory, at the University of Oxford, released a new analysis of the migrant populations of local areas in England.

The aim of the ‘statistical exercise’ – which used a variety of official sources and can not be taken as fact – was to provide a more ‘up to date estimate of the migrant populations’ compared to the 2011 census, which is now four years old.

It shows that in the three years between 2011-14, migration in Boston has risen by an estimated 1,400 to about 11,100 (12.5 per cent) – compared to a rise from 1,727 to 9,790 between 2001-11 (467 per cent).

A spokesman for the observatory said: “The aspect of change relative to itself is slowing down because that kind of has to happen.

“The thing that made Boston stand out between 2001-11, was it went from a relatively small migrant community to a considerably larger migrant community.”

He added: “Considering that Boston is a small town and has already seen quite a sharp change, seeing an increase of 1,400 in the numbers isn’t too inconsiderable, and when you compare it to large urban areas it doesn’t look ginormous.”

He said: “The issue in Boston was the speed of change.”

The figures are based on the rise in the East Midlands region in general .

The spokesman said that the figures could not be used to forecast the future.

He said: “You can’t project these things forward because you can’t know what’s going to happen over the next few years.”

He added the figures also did not take into account unofficial statistics.

They said: “If there is some crazy anomaly going on it’s not going to get it by these numbers.”

The total number of foreign-born residents in 2014 in Boston was estimated in the report at 11,100 compared to 9,700 in 2011. The majority of this was from the new EU countries at 8,000 (6,800 in 2011), and a Non-EU born rise of 1,900 in 2011 to 2,100 in 2014.