White British Now Minority In London
The number of White British living in London fell to minority status for the first time in history, new census data released on Wednesday finds.
Only 45-percent of Londoners describe themselves as “White British,” down from 58-percent in 2001. That means 3.7 million out of 8.2 million usual residents are White British.
In England and Wales, those calling themselves “White British” fell from from 87-percent to 80.5-percent over the same time period.
The demographic change is directly the result of record-levels of immigration into the country. London also had both the largest proportion of residents born outside the UK (37%) and non-UK nationals (24%.)
Nationwide, the number of foreign-born residents shot up from 4.6 million to 7.5 million between 2001 and 2011.
The stats also show that as many as three million people now live in households where no adult speaks English as their main language. There are also 4.8 million people with non-British passports.
The Office for National Statistics had estimated that 55-percent of the rise in population was directly caused by migration.
But that does not include the impact on the country’s birth rate, with one in four babies now having a foreign-born mother.