Big rise in number of migrants to South West
The South West migrant population increased by 62% in a decade, comprehensive new research has shown, above the national average of 51%.
Around 8% of the region's 5,288,935 residents say they are foreign-born, a figure which rose by 155,261 between 2001 and 2011, the study says.
However, the overall number – mostly Poles, Germans, Indians, Irish and Americans – remains low by comparison to the rest of England and Wales, and ranks eighth out of the ten regions.
They overwhelmingly speak English as their main language (97%) while most of the remainder spoke "well or very well", a higher than average level of English proficiency compared with other regions.
Much of the rise was seen in large urban areas across the six-county region, such as Bournemouth and Bristol.
In the Westcountry, fast-growing Exeter with its internationally-renowned university saw the highest jump, with 94% more migrants during the decade, rising from 6,716 to 13,014.
At 11% the city has proportionally the highest number.
Plymouth's migrant group grew from 10,416 to 18,207, an increase of 75%, but this is just 7% of the population
Cornwall saw its total climb from 17,182 to 23,608, up 37%, but proportionally the share of the population is just 4%.
Exeter's Labour MP, Ben Bradshaw, said: "This reflects the huge success of the region's universities, like Exeter, which have expanded rapidly and now attract a growing number of students from overseas, boosting their income and our regional economy.
"Some of the increase, during a period in which our economy was growing very strongly, is also likely to have been in the agriculture, care, hospitality and construction sectors, which have traditionally had to boost their workforce from overseas at times of low unemployment and strong economic growth."
Other notable Devon and Cornwall statistics to emerge include the district of Torridge, which contains the lowest population share of non-UK born residents at just 4%.
The 133 foreign-born Scilly islanders make up the smallest number born abroad, and just 6% of the 2,000 or so residents on the tiny archipelago, a rise of 87% from a decade ago.
Oxford University's Migration Observatory released its comprehensive census analysis of the region today
Dr Carlos Vargas-Silva, the senior researcher leading the census project, said there were "very significant variations" in the region, but mostly just "modest" changes.
Only Purbeck, in Dorset, saw a fall in the proportion of migrants in the whole of England and Wales, he pointed out.
Taunton's foreign-born total rose 67% to 7,806 and Torbay jumped 42% to 7,082, the statistical analysis showed.