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White British children now a 'minority' in two UK cities

by Byo24NEWS International Correspondent
26 Jan 2011 at 16:41hrs | Views
England(UK)- According to reports by UK media, white British children have becoming a minority in two Cities, Birmingham and Leicester.

Researchers states that these cities are now dominated by under 16's belonging to Asian, African, and other ethnic communities.

The UK Daily Mail quoted researchers as saying that white children make up just 47 percent of the population in both cities now.

The figures, which are expected to be confirmed by this year's census, are an indication that white children have become a minority group for the first time, despite the fact that they are the biggest single ethnic group.

One of the reasons could be the rising rate of immigration, while more white families are moving out of the city, the report on Birmingham said.

As far as Birmingham is concerned, the report estimates that 53 percent of children under 16 were from white families in 2006. It also forecast that the proportion of children belonging to this category from ethnic minorities would rise to about 64 percent by 2026, while the proportion of children from white families will be 36 per cent in the country's second biggest city.

In Leicester it is predicted that children from white families will make up 31.8 percent of under 16s by 2026, the paper said.

At the time of the last census in 2001, 70.4 percent of Birmingham's population of all age ranges was white and 29.6 percent from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, dominated by those with Asian, Caribbean and African origins.

It is predicted that by 2024 no ethnic group will form a majority. At present the total population of the city is just over one million, the report added.

The predictions are contained in reports by the Cathie Marsh Institute at the University of Manchester. Birmingham City Council commissioned the Birmingham report, while the Leicester estimates are from a student's dissertation.

"In Leicester and Birmingham, the white group will remain the largest by far - though it will not account for a majority of the population as a whole. These and most other cities are already diverse with many different ethnic minorities," Professor Ludi Simpson, who led the research team, said.

Source - Byo24NEWS