More than 380,000 Irish now call the UK home
Published 27/08/2016 | 02:30
More than 380,000 Irish-born people now call the UK home, making Ireland the fourth most common non-UK country of birth for residents there.
India and Ireland have traditionally been the source of the UK's largest foreign-born groups, but figures from the UK's Office of National Statistics show they have been overtaken by Poland and Pakistan.
The figures show that 831,000 of UK residents in 2015 were Polish, followed by India (795,000) and Pakistan (503,000).
Ireland ranks in fourth place at 382,000, followed by Germany at 286,000.
In 2012, some 407,000 Irish people lived in the UK, but the statistics do not state why the number has dropped by 25,000 in recent years. Some 67,000 Irish-born residents now hold British citizenship.
The figures show one in eight of the UK population in 2015 was born aboard, compared with one in 11 in 2004.