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Annual Population Survey, Office for National Statistics

The APS is the largest adult household survey in the country with a total sample size of approximately 500,000 people. The APS includes the annual Labour Force Survey (LFS) plus sample boosts to achieve higher numbers in local authority districts.

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The question of 'Nationality/ National Identity' is asked. The annual 2008 APS results gave the following population estimates for the top 20 nationalities of people living in the UK:

1.

United Kingdom

55,365,449

2.

Poland

541,235

3.

Ireland

361,525

4.

India

325,800

5.

Pakistan

214,866

6.

United States

154,972

7.

France

146,837

8.

Italy

124,184

9.

South Africa

124,064

10.

Germany

118,455

11.

China

112,129

12.

Portugal

108,717

13.

Nigeria

106,838

14.

Australia

104,291

15.

Philippines

93,871

16.

Zimbabwe

90,539

17.

Somalia

89,816

18.

Bangladesh

85,602

19.

Spain (Except Canary Islands)

73,918

20.

Lithuania

73,831

 

Further analysis on speakers of other languages from population surveys:
Every 3 years the Annual Population Survey (which incorporated the Labour Force Survey) asks whether people speak English or another language at home. In summer 2006, it was estimated that over 2 million people speak another language at home in the UK (unfortunately, no detail is collected on the actual other language spoken at home).

A profile of Londoners by Language: An analysis of Labour Force Survey data on first language.
This briefing uses the above APS population language data to profile the demographic and labour market characteristics of Londoners who use a first language other than English in the home. Produced by the Greater London Authority (GLA), 2006.
View further GLA data reports on diversity and immigration.

 

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