As job opportunities begin to rise around the globe, more and more people are applying for their passports. According to the Office for National Statistics, in June of 2014 the United Kingdom showed that around 95% of its population held a valid passport. This article discusses the percentage of people who own passports by country. If you still do not have a passport, it is easy to start your passport application today!
Based on the 2011 Census for England and Wales, Of the 7.5 million residents of England and Wales (13%) who were born outside of the UK, just over half (3.8 million) arrived in the last ten years. Nearly 4.8 million residents held a passport that was either an EU passport (2.3 million) or a foreign passport (2.4 million).
For the first time, the 2011 Census collected information on passports held which can be an indicator of nationality. Eighty three per cent (46.6 million) of standard residents had at least one passport and 17% (9.5 million) usual residents did not have a passport. The number of residents who held a passport that was not a UK passport was nearly 4.8 million. Of these 2.3 million were EU passports (other than UK) and 2.4 million were other foreign passports.
Subsequent releases from the 2011 Census will include cross tabulations of passports held and country of birth, which together are a more complete indicator of migration status since, for example, British citizens can be born abroad and other people living in the UK who were born abroad can acquire British citizenship.
Most likely due to population, the highest levels of passports held were in London, with 92% (7.5 million) of residents owning at least one passport. Wales on the other hand only had 78% (2.4 million) of residents owning at least one passport. Due to the high migration rates to the city, London was also the region with the highest percentage holding a non-UK passport (24 per cent, 2.0 million).According to the 2011 Census data, Although Scotland’s population is around 5 million people; over 730,000 people born in Scotland are declared British citizens living in England and Wales.
According to data taken by the BBC in 2012, almost three-fifths (59%) of people habitually occupying Northern Ireland held a UK passport, slightly over a fifth (21%) held an Irish passport, while19% held no passport at all. The rate of population growth was greatest in the Dungannon local government district, which came to 21%. Although Northern Ireland is the smallest country in the U.K., many of the population identify as having a British National identity. With regards to travel and migration, only 1.8% of the normally resident population had lived elsewhere between 2007 and the day of census in 2011. Of the natural citizens born in Northern Ireland, 93% have never resided outside the country.
Having a U.K. passport allows its holders to travel to an astounding 173 nations without applying for a visa. If you’re ready to start seeing the world, then begin by starting your passport application today!