Press Esc to close
Friday 01 August 2014
News updated at 3:19 AM IST
Weather
Max: 0°C
Min : 0°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

White Britons now a minority in London

London, Dec 11, 2012 (IANS)
 In this June 5, 2012 file photo, revelers on the Mall in London watch Britain Queen Elizabeth II appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony as part of a four-day Diamond Jubilee celebration to mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II accession to the throne. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)

For the first time ever, white British people are now in a minority in London as migrants from India, Pakistan, Ireland, Germany and Poland added up to over three million people over the past decade, a government report said Tuesday.

Just 3.7 million Londoners described their ethnicity as "White British" in 2011, down from 4.3 million in 2001. They made up 44.9 percent of the city's population, the Daily Mail cited the data released by the Office of National Statistics as saying.

A major change also came in the decreasing number of Christians. There were four million lesser Christians, and a quarter of Britons said they had no religion. In 2011, 7.5 million were foreign-born, or one in eight of the population.

The proportion of Muslims rose from three percent to 4.8 percent. The third most popular religion was Hinduism, with 1.5 percent of the population, while 0.8 percent were Sikhs, according to the report.


In what was termed a joke, nearly 180,000 people claimed to be followers of the Jedi religion featured in "Star Wars". In 2001, around 400,000 jokingly put the faith down on their form.

Knowsley in Lancashire was the most Christian town with 80.9 percent of residents following the faith, while in London's Tower Hamlets 34.5 percent of the population were Muslims, the data showed.

Norwich was the "most godless place" in the country -- 42.5 percent said they had no religion. Around 7.5 percent of the total population in England and Wales are Asians, while 3.4 percent described themselves as black.

London was also home to the most immigrants -- 37 percent of residents were born abroad and 24 percent were not citizens of Britain.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Vikas Shive Gowda of India throws the discus in the men's discus final...

Vikas Shive Gowda of India throws the discus in the men's discus final...

Babita Kumari of India holds up her gold medal as she poses for photographs...

Babita Kumari of India holds up her gold medal as she poses for photographs...

A diver is seen underwater during a practice session at the 2014 Commonwealth Games...

A diver is seen underwater during a practice session at the 2014 Commonwealth Games...

Palestinian firefighters inspects the damage of a destroyed milk factory...

Palestinian firefighters inspects the damage of a destroyed milk factory...

NDRF personnel with a body of a victim of landslide at Malin village...

NDRF personnel with a body of a victim of landslide at Malin village...

Abhisekh Bachchan with singer Usha Utthup cheers his team during Pro Kabaddi League match...

Abhisekh Bachchan with singer Usha Utthup cheers his team during Pro Kabaddi League match...

South Africa's Rhett Halkett in action against India's Chandanda Nikkin in CWG 2014...

South Africa's Rhett Halkett in action against India's Chandanda Nikkin in CWG 2014...

Abhisekh Bachchan greets his team players after Pro Kabadi League match win against Telugu Titans...

Abhisekh Bachchan greets his team players after Pro Kabadi League match win against Telugu Titans...

India's Yogeshwar Dutt celebrates after winning the Gold Medal in CWG 2014...

India's Yogeshwar Dutt celebrates after winning the Gold Medal in CWG 2014...

India's Navjot Kaur celebrates after winning a bronze medal against Scotland's Sarah Jones during...

India's Navjot Kaur celebrates after winning a bronze medal against Scotland's Sarah Jones during...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523