THE foreign-born population of Wrexham more than doubled between censuses, with the town seeing the second largest percentage increase in Wales over 10 years.
A report comparing Welsh data from the 2011 census to results from 2001 show an increase of 168 per cent over the 10 year period, while neighbouring Flintshire also reported a significant rise.
The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford profiled a comparison of the 2001 and 2011 census figures for Wales.
The profile showed the actual figure of non-UK born residents in Wrexham rose from 3,160 in 2001 to 8,468 at the time of the last census, with more than 30 per cent of that total made up of Polish-born residents.
In Flintshire, the number of foreign-born residents rose about 70 per cent from 3,807 to 6,428.
Together, the counties account for almost 15,000 of Wales’ total non-UK born resident population of 167,871.
Last month it was announced work to improve tolerance and understanding between different cultural and ethnic groups is to continue thanks to new funding.
The nine community cohesion co-ordinators work regionally – including across Wrexham and Flintshire – to ensure tensions are monitored within communities and work is carried out to tackle hate crime and extremism.
Their role includes raising awareness of human trafficking and activity to support the acceptance and integration of migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and gipsies and travellers.
The Welsh Government announced a further £300,000 of funding over the next two years so the co-ordinators across Wales can continue their work.
Jeff Cuthbert, communities and tackling poverty minister, said: “Here in Wales we have a proud tradition of stable, welcoming communities and we want this to continue.
“Our community cohesion co-ordinators have played an important role in our efforts to achieve this, from monitoring potential tensions within communities to helping people from different backgrounds to better understand each other.”