International Migration

  • Oxford has long been a destination for international migrants, be it for work or study.  The 2001 Census showed that 28% of Oxford's population was born outside the UK.  The most common countries of birth were Poland, USA, Germany, India and Pakistan.
  • In 2011, 6,800 people - 4% of the city's population - said they had moved to Oxford from outside the UK in the last 15 months.
  • Most people come to Oxford as young adults between the ages of 18 and 44 years, but 10,000 also arrived under the age of 16 years.
  • In March 2011 there were also 4,000 short-term international migrants not included in the usual Census statistics because they did not meet the definition of 'usual resident' (someone living or planning to live in an area for 12 months or more).  The majority of these short-term residents were students in their 20s.

Chart of the Month

Growth in Oxford's international diversity (January 2013)


Country of birth, 2011 Census 

Usual residents by year of first arrival in the UK, 2011 Census 

Usual residents by age at first arrival in the UK, 2011 Census 

Short-term migrants March 2011 - age, country of birth and economic activity

Further information

Local area migration indicators, Office for National Statistics

Migration Statistics Quarterly Report (national level indicators), Office for National Statistics

Home Office migration statistics