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Indians in UK more British: survey

world Updated: Oct 06, 2007 03:58 IST
Indians in UK more British than whites

It's a black and white report -- nine out of ten people of Indian origin are among the Asians and the Blacks who are more British than whites.

Yes, a survey by the United Kingdom government has found that the minorities living in Britain feel stronger ties to the country than whites do.

According to the survey, ninety per cent of people of Indian origin and Bangladeshis feel strongly that they belong to Britain. So do 87 per cent of Pakistani people and 85 per cent of Black Caribbeans.

But only 84 per cent of whites said the same, that is around one in six white people have only a slender attachment to their own country.

"Britain has a great deal to be proud of. This survey shows our commitment to fairness, fair play and civic duty hold true and we live in a society where the overwhelming majority of people get on well together.

"The fact that so many people feel such a strong connection to Britain is evidence that there remains more uniting us than dividing us," the Daily Mail reported on Friday, quoting British Communities Secretary Hazel Blears as saying.

The survey also found that whites are more likely than those from ethnic minorities to believe that race prejudice and discrimination are getting worse. And they are less likely to think they can influence events as well as decisions in their own neighbourhood.

The survey was conducted among nearly 10,000 people chosen to be representative of the country as a whole, and another 5,000 from ethnic minorities.