Source: http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/397416/White-Britons-abandon-ethnic-minority-areasWhite Britons abandon ethnic minority areas
Figures show in just 10 years mass immigration has driven a four-fold rise in ethnic minorities living in areas where less than half the population are white British.
Critics of Britain’s immigration policy said it showed the country was becoming more segregated.
The 4.1 million ethnic minorities who now live in white minority areas is a big increase from the 2001 Census, when just 1 million lived in those areas.
The study for the think-tank Demos lays bare the true cultural impact of Labour’s open-door immigration policy between 1997 and 2010.
It comes after David Cameron sought to reassure voters the influx of migrants from Bulgaria and Romania by the end of the year will be “nothing like” the levels seen when Poland joined the EU.
Sir Andrew Green, chairman of MigrationWatch UK, said the findings were a sign that Britain is becoming more segregated.
He said: “This is extremely serious. It is undeniable evidence that we have indeed been sleepwalking into segregation as Trevor Phillips warned seven years ago. It is the clear result of Labour’s mass immigration policy.
“Public dismay at the pace of change in our communities largely explains why so many voted as they did in last week’s local elections. The case for a sharp reduction in immigration is now overwhelming.”
Trevor Phillips, former chairman of the Equalities Commission and a Demos Associate, said white Britons choosing not to live in minority-dominated areas “ought to make us a little anxious”.
He said: “This very interesting piece of research reveals a number of vital findings. It shows a kind of ‘Ambridge effect’ – a minority advance into areas previously the preserve of the white majority. It also demonstrates a greater degree of ethnic mixing within cities.
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This is extremely serious. It is undeniable evidence that we have indeed been sleepwalking into segregation as Trevor Phillips warned seven years ago
Sir Andrew Green, chairman of MigrationWatch UK
“What ought to make us a little anxious is the ‘majority retreat’ it has unearthed – white people leaving minority-led areas and not being replaced.”
The study shows that integration between ethnic minorities is now more common than it was in 2001.
It also shows 45 per cent of ethnic minorities in England and Wales live in areas where less than half the population is white British.
Also 41 per cent live in areas that are less than half white in total, which may include migrants from the EU.
Demos said minority white areas were usually multi-minority, since new minorities such as Somalis have taken up housing vacated by established minorities, such as Afro-Caribbeans.
Figures also show that more ethnic minorities are moving to live in white-dominated rural areas, with fewer than 800 local wards more than 98 per cent white compared to over 5,000 in 2001.
Eric Kaufmann, a professor at Birkbeck College who carried out the detailed analysis, said: “While ethnic mixing and integration is being helped by more minority people moving into England’s whitest areas, the most concentrated minority areas are becoming more so.
“This is due to a large increase in the ethnic minority population in its areas of concentration over the past 10 years. This trend has outpaced minorities’ wider spread across the country.”
David Goodhart, director of Demos, said: “The greater concentration of the ethnic minority population means there is less opportunity for interaction with the white mainstream.
“One problem with this relates to employment. Most jobs come through knowing someone, and most of those hiring for good jobs are from the white majority.”
The study follows an explosive academic report last week which showed white Britons will be a minority by 2066.Oxford Professor David Coleman found by 2040 foreigners and non-whites will double and be a third of the population.