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Population policy (FOI)

Population policy (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 07 February 2022.
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Population. There is a housing shortage.


What are the estimated sizes of the Portuguese,Polish and Romanian communities?


What steps are being taken to stem the immigration of further increase ? (Together with other non-British nationals).



The latest information on the ethnicity of the population of Jersey is from the 2011 Census. In 2011 there were 8,049 people of Portuguese / Madeiran ethnicity in Jersey and 3,273 of Polish ethnicity. Romanians would have been included amongst the 3,731 ‘other White’ ethnicity. 

The census also provides information by place of birth. In 2011 7,030 people had a place of birth of Portugal or Madeira; 3,130 had a place of birth of Poland, and 463 had a place of birth of Romania. 

Chapter 2 and tables A4 and A6 of appendix C refer:

Report on the 2011 Jersey Census 

Statistics Jersey update the population estimates between censuses. The latest is from 2019 however this does not contain information by ethnic group. 

Jersey Resident Population 2019 Estimate


This aspect of the request poses a question rather than seeking information held in recorded form. Therefore Article 3 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 applies. However, The Common Population Policy was lodged by the Council of Ministers on 10th December 2021 for debate in the States Assembly earliest 8th February 2022. 

p.116-2021.pdf (

Articles applied

Article 3 - Meaning of "information held by a public authority"

For the purposes of this Law, information is held by a public authority if –

(a) it is held by the authority, otherwise than on behalf of another person; or

(b) it is held by another person on behalf of the authority.

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