Manchester is a major city located in the North West of England, the largest economic region outside of London. Manchester became a leading city during the Industrial Revolution and the development of its world renowned cotton industry.
Immigration has played a key role in Manchester’s history and development and the resident population includes people from over 70 different countries. The largest migrant communities arrived following the Second World War to help rebuild the industries – mainly from the Commonwealth (India, Pakistan, Jamaica and West Indies) but also Ireland and China. As the North West’s largest metropolitan area, Greater Manchester continues to attract international migrants, including refugees and asylum seekers.
Last Updated: 19/01/10