Number of Muslim residents risen by 37 pc in seven yrs in UK

London, Feb. 3 (ANI): The true number of Muslim immigration living in Britain has been revealed in new census figures.

The Office for National Statistics said that the number of neighborhoods that have a majority of Muslim residents has nearly doubled over the past decade.

The figures found that there are now 38 wards in England and Wales where Muslim residents made up more than 50 percent, up from 20 wards on 2001, the Daily Star reports.

According to the census, in the past seven years the number of Muslims living in the UK has risen by 37 percent to 2.6 million.

The statistics revealed that a total of 34 wards in England and Wales have more than 50 percent Indian or Pakistani residents, which is up from 19 wards in 2001.

Meanwhile, the ward with the highest proportion of Indian and Pakistani people is Latimer in Leicester at 81 percent.

Ten of the 34 wards where more than 50 percent of the residents are Indian and Pakistani are in the North West, seven are in Yorkshire and Humberside and another seven in London, the report said.

A spokesman for the Henry Jackson Society thinktank said that "the fundamental dynamics of British society are changing, in no small part due to the drastic differences in the religious and ethnic make-up of the UK'.

According to the report, Julie Siddiqi, of the Islamic Society of Britain, said that "many of Britain's Muslims are now third generation migrants which mean not only were they born in Britain but their parents were too. English is the main language spoken at home for most of them." (ANI)


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