Ethnic Groups Are Growing 15 Times Faster Than Whites

By Clarke, Michael | Daily Mail (London), September 21, 2001 | Go to article overview

Ethnic Groups Are Growing 15 Times Faster Than Whites


Clarke, Michael, Daily Mail (London)


Byline: MICHAEL CLARKE

BRITAIN's ethnic minorities are growing at 15 times the rate of the white population, official figures reveal.

Blacks, Asians and other minority groups - half of whom were born here - currently account for four million of the total population of 57million, or 7 per cent.

Over the past five years ethnic minority numbers have risen by 15 per cent compared to a 1 per cent increase in the white population, according to a study by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The report shows that the black population - including mixed-race blacks - rose the most, by 31 per cent to 1.2million.

Among Asian communities the number of Bangladeshis rose the fastest, by 30 per cent to 257,000, followed by Pakistanis whose numbers increased by 13 per cent to 675,000.

Indians remain the largest single ethnic minority group in Britain at 984,000.

The study also found that the ethnic minorities are concentrated in a few areas with half living in London, where they account for 28 per cent of the population.

One in five residents in the West Midlands and one in ten in West Yorkshire are from ethnic minorities.

The study shows that people from ethnic communities tend to be much younger than the white population.

Half of whites are aged under 37, with blacks and Asians under 26.

The mixed-race population is the youngest, with 50 per cent of the black mixed race group aged under 11.

The study said the youthfulness of the ethnic minority population meant they had high birth rates and relatively low death rates, leading to their 'disproportionate' contribution to population growth.

The statistics showed that two London boroughs have non-white majorities.

Brent, in the north west of the capital, has 57 per cent black or Asian residents and Newham, in the east, has 56 per cent. …

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