London: The exact figure of Muslim
immigration living in Britain has been revealed in new census
figures. 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
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that the number of
neighborhoods that have a majority of Muslim residents has nearly
doubled over the past decade.
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, the
Daily Star reported.
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.
spokesman for the Henry Jackson Society think-tank 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.”
Earlier, figures from the 2011 census have revealed that the
Muslim population in Britain has almost doubled in ten years so
that Muslims make up 50 percent of the residents in some British
Between 2001 and 2011, the Muslim population rose from 1.5
million to 2.7 million, an increase from 3 percent to 4.8 percent
of Britain’s overall population. According to ONS that conducted
the census, the multiplying of Britain’s Muslim population has
occurred for several reasons.
The ONS said an important reason for the massive growth in Muslims
in Britain is the rising number of Britons who are choosing to
convert to Islam.
There are estimates that hundreds of
Britons convert to Islam every month, making a significant
contribution to the steadily increasing number of Muslims in the