Indians account for highest immigration into the UK

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Next time you go to the United Kingdom, chances are you will see more Indians than any other ethnic group there. This is because, Indians accounted for the highest immigration into the UK of any ethnic group in the last decade.  Indians toppled the Irish who previously held the top spot among the immigrants.

The census also gives credence to London Mayor Boris Johnson’s claims of a truly cosmopolitan city. The report shows that London became the first region in UK where the White British ethnic population is in a minority. Around one in three London residents are born overseas, and 24% are non-UK nationals.

As for the UK, of the 7% rise in its population from the previous decade, 60% is attributed to immigration, with the biggest chunk from the Indian subcontinent.

In 2001, the most common countries of origin were Ireland, India, Pakistan and Germany. Ireland has now fallen to fourth place, with the influx of Poles jumping by 10. White ethnic Britons in the country as a whole dropped to the psychologically-sensitive 80% mark at the end of 2011, down from 87% in 2001.

Supporters of a multicultural society point out that the data shows up exactly how the face of Britain has changed in the past 10 years, and London – which is far ahead of the curve on being a truly international city – is an example of the new society that Britain has to come to terms with, and is no different from other EU countries.

The question that arises from this is; will UK continue to be immigrant friendly as the white ethnic population keeps sliding or will the government shut its doors to the immigrants.

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