Statistics released by Office for National Statistics. Minority population increased by 37 per cent (2001 and 2009).
19th May, 2011: Britain’s ethnic population has increased manifold over the years. The increase indicates the minority population increased by 37 per cent between 2001 and 2009.
The rise in the ethnic population signifies more than nine million people in England and Wales – equal to one in six of the population – are now from a non-white background.
The figures released by the Office for National Statistics showed increase in the immigrants across UK.
The biggest increase over the period that is a total of 553,000 migrants is because of the other white group. They include people from Eastern Europe, as well as citizens of New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.
The ONS figures illustrate that the number of people from a racial minority living in Britain increased from 6.6 million in 2001 to 9.1 million in 2009 due to escalation in immigration and birth rates.
The ONS said its figures were based on immigration counts, census data and birth and death records and were checked with the existing population estimates.
Immigration, rising birthrates, and asylum seeking are some of the reasons quoted for the increase in population.
The figures suggest the largest ethnic groups in the country are Indians. They account for more than 1.4 million people living in the country. Even the Pakistanis are said to represent a further one million residents.
The data depicts the rise in the UK’s Indian population, which is 380,000 up on 2001, is mainly due to international migration. Even high birth rates are said to be a key factor behind the combined 390,000 growth in the Pakistani and Bangladeshi populations.
The sharpest increase has been witnessed in the Chinese racial group, whose number has gone up by 8.6 per cent a year to 450,000.
The black Africans have also increased since 2001, up by 300,000 or 6.2 per cent a year. The rise in immigrants is largely attributed to people seeking asylum from Zimbabwe, Somalia, Eritrea and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Sir Andrew Green, of lobby group MigrationWatch UK, said that the population of UK was expected to hit 70 million within 20 years and immigrants will account for half of new households.
Across England, Leicester is said to have the highest share of Asian Indians at 19 per cent. Bradford is next with 13 per cent of Asian Pakistani people, and 21 per cent of the residents of Tower Hamlets in London are Asian Bangladeshi.
As per the statistics the highest proportion of black Caribbean people are found in Lewisham, south-east London, followed by Birmingham.