Rise in number of residents in Yarmouth born outside the UK
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The number of people in Great Yarmouth who were born outside of the UK increased by almost 4,000 last year, according to a study charting the trend over the last five years.
Around 10pc of people living in the borough were born outside the UK in 2015, whereas the year before this had been around 6pc, said a report by the Office of National Statistics.
The data showed how in 2015 some 102 people in every 1,000 residents in the borough were born outside the UK. With a population of around 98,700 this equated to approximately 10,067 residents born abroad.
This figure was up on 2014, where 61.9 people in every 1000 were not born here. The population then was estimated to be 98,200, meaning 6,078 residents were non-UK born.
In 2012, 2012, and 2013 there were 83.3, 92.8 and 82.5 people in every 1,000 residents respectively.
And the report shows Yarmouth has more than double the amount of non-UK born residents than Waveney but less than Norwich.
In the Waveney district there were 43.9 people in every 1,000 last year, and in Norwich 181.2 people.
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The figures also showed that 16.5pc of babies born in Yarmouth last year were to mothers from outside the UK.
Comparatively in Waveney this was 7.1pc, and in Norwich 27.6pc.
Cath Byford, deputy chief executive and chief nurse at NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group, said health services in the area planned for any rise in population. She said: 'We look carefully at all of the available information on likely population changes when planning the services we will buy, as this helps us to ensure we can continue to meet the needs of the communities we serve.
'Although there has been a year-on-year increase in the total number of patients by approximately 0.8pc, this increase is anticipated and has been planned for. We are constantly looking for ways to develop our services which will help us cater for increases in demand. This includes working with our health, social care, district council and voluntary sector partners to deliver more integrated care within the community and closer to our patients' homes.'