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Ethnic diversity in London

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Ethnic Group (2011)

  • White 59.8%
  • Asian 18.4%
  • Black 13.3%
  • Métis or other 8.4%

Top 20 countries of birth / population, 2011

  • United Kingdom 5175677
  • India 262247
  • Poland 158300
  • Ireland 129807
  • Nigeria 114718
  • Pakistan 112457
  • Bangladesh 109948
  • Jamaica 87467
  • Sri Lanka 84542
  • France 66654
  • South Africa 66654
  • Kenya 66311
  • Somalia 65333
  • United States 63920
  • Italy 62050
  • Ghana 62896
  • Turkey 59596
  • Germany 55476
  • Australia 53959
  • Romania 44848

London is one of the cities with the most diverse backgrounds. According to the British population census of 2011, 59.8% of 8.2 million Londoners consider themselves as belonging to the “white” group, 12% of people consider themselves as Indian, Pakistani or Bangladeshi, 13.3% consider themselves as blacks (about 7% of black African and 4.2% of black Caribbean), 1.5% are Chinese and 5% considered themselves from several origins.

In 2001, 27% of Londoners were born outside the United Kingdom and 21.8% outside the European Union. Ireland (Ireland and Northern Ireland) are about 200,000, as Scots and Welsh.

London is also one of the busiest cities in the world, linguistically. A study in 2005 showed that more than three hundred different languages are spoken and you can find 50 ethnic communities with more than 10,000 membres.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the number of Londoners were born abroad reached 2,288 million in 2006, against 1,630,000 in 1997.

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