Report predicts some ethnic groups will virtually disappear in future
15th May 2009: A fairer Britain, with more whites tying the knot with equality by sharing relationships with the South Asians, has given rise to apprehensions of sorts among their families back home.
They fear the children of mixed-race families of the immigrants will have little to do with relatives, and the culture existing back home.
Already, substantial loss of interest in native land and its affairs amidst the second generation of Indians settled abroad has been a matter of much debate among the non-resident Indians.
Only recently, a slice of non-resident Indians hailing from Punjab took up the issue during a convention held at the state capital Chandigarh. In any case, Dr. J.S. Virk and other Indians settled aboard have all along been asserting Punjab ought to package its “beauty” well to attract the second generation Indians, as so many youngsters are not aware of the pristine pastoral environs existing in the state. “They want to go to Mumbai and other places of tourist interest in India, but they do not wish to see the greenery and feel the warmth existing in the state,” has been the general opinion.
The fact that an increasing number of people of the Indian origin are entering in relationships with white partners has left them worried further; and has given rise to demand for celebrating cultural and religious festivals at international levels. This, they believe, will help them develop stronger ties with their own culture, traditions and conventions.
Statistically speaking, the number of children with one white parent among the Indians has increased from three per cent to 11 per cent, for the Pakistanis from one per cent to four per cent, and for Chinese from 15 per cent to 35 per cent. These are the findings of a study conducted at the University of Essex. It says one in 10 children in Britain now live in a mixed-race family.
The trend is otherwise being hailed as it raises the prospect of a non-racist Britain. The findings have led experts to believe future generations "will not see race in the way we see it".
The analysis goes on to suggest in future some ethnic groups may well disappear. The report predicts mixed-race relationships are now so common some ethnic groups – starting with African-Caribbean – will virtually disappear in future.
If reliance is to be placed on the information reported so far, half of all men in Britain, having Caribbean heritage and in a relationship, already have partners of a different race.
The same, it has also been reported, is true of one in five African men, one in 10 Indian men and women, and two out of five Chinese women.
The shift towards a mixed-race Britain is rather "dramatic" — at least this is what the report’s author Lucinda Platt is reported to have stated