Romanian is second most common non-British nationality in UK

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Number of Romanian nationals living in UK in 2017 estimated to be 411,000, up 25% on 2016, The Guardian reports.

There are now more Romanians living in the UK than there are Irish nationals or Indians, official figures reveal.

Romania has overtaken the Republic of Ireland and India to move from fourth to second most-common non-British nationality in the UK, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found.

The number of Romanian nationals living in the UK in 2017 was estimated to be 411,000 – a jump of 25% on the previous year, and the largest increase for any country.

Romania joined the European Union in 2007 but it was only in 2014 that restrictions on Romanians’ rights to work in the UK were lifted. Polish remains the most common non-British nationality, with an estimated 1 million in the UK.

Nicola White, of the ONS migration statistics division, said: “Non-UK born and non-British populations continued to increase in 2017, as more people continued to come to the UK to live than move to live abroad for a year or more.

“Poland-born residents and Polish nationals were the most common populations from outside the UK. However, the largest increases in population were seen from those born in Romania and those with Romanian nationality.”

The figures show the total number of non-British nationals living in the UK in 2017 was 6.2 million, up 4% on 2016’s total of 6 million. This is a smaller rise than that recorded between 2015 and 2016, when the number rose by 8%.

The figures show that 3.8 million (61%) of the 6.2 million non-British nationals living in the UK in 2017 held EU nationality. This is roughly the same proportion as 2016 (60%).

London had the largest proportion of non-British nationals in 2017, with the highest numbers in the local authorities of Newham (38%), Westminster (36%) and Brent (34%).

The ONS data is based on a survey of households and does not include most people living in communal establishments, some NHS accommodation, or students living in halls of residence who have non-UK resident parents.

The ONS data is based on a survey of households and does not include most people living in communal establishments, some NHS accommodation, or students living in halls of residence who have non-UK resident parents.

Orthodox Parishes

There are over forty Orthodox parish communities in the UK under the jurisdiction of the Romanian Orthodox Metropolis of Western and Southern Europe.

In London there are six parishes where Romanians can attend the Sunday Divine Liturgy:

  • St. George Parish (St. Dunstan’s in the West, 186 Fleet Street, London, EC4A 2HR);
  • Parish of the Descent of the Holy Spirit (Saint Andrew, 28 Old Church Lane, Kingsbury, London, NW9 8RZ);
  • St. Elijah Parish (120 East End Road, East Finchley, London, N2 0RZ);
  • Episcopal Chapel the Birth of the Mother of God, and St. John Jacob (St. John Fisher & Thomas, 28 Rossington Avenue, Borehamwood, WD6 4LA);
  • St. Nicholas parish (St Margaret and St. Columba, Woodhouse Road, London E11 3NG);
  • Parish of the Annunciation and the Apostle James (Croydon Cemeteries, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AT, London).

 

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