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In data: capital flight

In search of more space and cleaner air, many residents used the pandemic as an excuse to get away from the big smoke. Could the exodus make a lasting dent on London’s booming population?

Arrested development

We’re used to the capital growing continually, but history shows this isn’t inevitable. In the half-century up to the 1990s, London got smaller, as families fled the city for a quieter life in the commuter belt. Indeed, the population had only very recently exceeded where it stood on the eve of the Second World War—before Covid-19 arrived which, potentially, has turned the tide again.

Citizens from anywhere

The cosmopolitan capital has always been a draw to the world, and roughly twice the share of Londoners are foreign-born in comparison to…

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