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Desis feel more British than whites

world Updated: Jun 30, 2012 22:42 IST

British citizens with origin in India and Pakistan identify more closely with the idea of Britishness than their white counterparts, a new study says, countering the perception that immigrants do not integrate into British society.

The study titled Understanding Society, conducted by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex, reveals that fears expressed by some groups about the negative impacts of immigration on the cultural identity of Britain may be considerably overstated.

The study which involved 40,000 UK households reveals that Indians, Black Africans, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and Middle Eastern Muslims associate most closely with Britishness.

In particular, Muslims from a Pakistani background, often said to associate more strongly with Pakistan than to UK, are revealed as quite the reverse.