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Britain’s complexion darkening

india Updated: Sep 18, 2007 01:40 IST
Vijay Dutt
Vijay Dutt
Hindustan Times
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Asians, who form the major chunk of the ethnic minority population in Britain, two-and-a-half million, are contributing the most to pushing up Britain’s non-white population. In Luton, Slough, Birmingham and Leicester, they could outnumber the white populations within 30 years, experts say.

Research also shows that the proportion of white people in every region of Britain will fall between now and 2020. London is forecast to be 39 per cent non-white ethnic by 2021, and Bradford 38.2 per cent by 2030. A population map, prepared by experts at Leeds University, shows that the proportion of whites in all parts of the country will fall between 2001 and 2020. The biggest reduction, they say, will be in Greater London, where 64 per cent of people will be white by 2021, down from 71 per cent in 2001.

Prof Ludi Simpson, from Manchester University, who made his predictions using detailed analysis of census and local authority data, forecast that Leicester will become the first plural city within 12 years, by 2019, followed by Birmingham in 2024. He also predicted that the next towns to “go plural” will be Luton and Slough some time in the 2030s.