Among the many reasons why most Londoners voted to remain in the EU in June, one was the fact that our city has a definite European accent. Ten percent of Londoners are from other EU countries, and some of them might end up going back there now the UK has voted to leave. Which is why property agents Garrington have put together this nifty map to show the areas of London that would be most affected in the event of a so-called Brexodus.
Based on 2011 census data, the Brexodus heatmap shows areas with the highest concentration of non-British EU nationals in red. It shows that the lowest concentrations are in the eastern and southern boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Bexley and Havering – all of which voted Leave in the referendum. Maybe the more Europeans you have around, the more you like them? There’s also a slightly inexplicable Euro-hole in the middle of London, possibly because no-one actually lives there.
The data behind the map is in fact publicly available here, and makes interesting reading. For instance, did you know that north-east Hackney is the most Belgian place in London? Or that there’s a dense Dutch population in the Cann Hall ward of Waltham Forest? The Portuguese community in Stockwell stands out, and the bourgeois citizens of Luxembourg are understandably concentrated in Bloomsbury. Quite often national clusters are to do with schools: Swedes flock to Barnes for the Svenska Skolan, and Germans to Ham and Petersham – handy for the Deutsche Schule.
The real point of the map is to highlight areas that might experience falls in house prices as a result of decreased demand from Europeans, but we think it’s also a nice testament to London: a global city, Brexodus or no Brexodus.
‘We’re not just a British city – we are a European city’: read our open letter from the week of the EU referendum.