“Largest non-white ethnic group of PIOs in the UK”

LONDON: People of Indian descent remain both the largest Asian ethnic group and the largest non-white ethnic group in the UK and now make up 3.1% of the population at 1.8 million, the latest data from 2021 British census found.
Of the usual residents in England and Wales, 1.8 million chose ‘Asian’ as the top-level category for ethnicity and then ‘Indian’ as the sub-category, meaning that the number of Indians Britons has increased by 32% since the last census. made in 2011 when the figure was 1.4 million.
People of Pakistani origin are the second largest non-white ethnic group with 1.5 million inhabitants, an increase of 41% compared to 2011, according to the latest census released on Tuesday. But 76,535 Sikhs in the UK chose to identify their ethnicity as Sikh in the last census by choosing to put Sikhs in the self-write option of the ‘other ethnicity’ part of the question on the ethnicity, rejecting the British Asian/Asian category, which has an Indian subcategory. Another 22,814 Sikhs wrote in their ethnic group as “Sikh” in the top Asian, Asian British category, “dismissing the Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Chinese, or other Asian subcategories”. Some also wrote Tamil, Kashmiri, Anglo-Indian and Punjabi in the writing boxes of the ‘Other Ethnic’ or ‘Asian British’ subcategory, dismissing the choices offered.
Dabinderjit Singh, Senior Adviser to the Sikh Federation (UK), said “100,000 Sikhs have chosen to protest and reject the existing 19 ethnic group options by writing ‘Sikh’, making them bigger than two of the 19 ethnic group options”. The largest response option written under “other ethnic group” was Sikh, followed by Hispanic or Latino (76,000 or 0.1%) and Kurdish (76,000). Just under a million wrote in their response here, dismissing the ethnicities listed, triple that of 2011.
About 94% answered the optional religious question, of which less than half of the population, 46.2% (27.5 million people) described themselves as Christian, 37.2% answered “no religion”, 6 .5% (3.9 million) declared themselves to be Muslim (a 44% increase in the 2011 census) and 1.7% (1 million) declared themselves to be Hindu, an increase of 22% compared to the census of 2011. The number of people identifying as Sikhs increased from 4,23,000 to 5,24,000 (0.9% of the population). Additionally, 25,000 identified as Jains and 4,000 as Zoroastrians.
But Singh said the total number of Sikhs was still unknown and he estimates it to be double as many may not have answered the voluntary religious question or answered “no religion” given that was the first option in the answers. The census also revealed that while 90.3% of UK residents identify with a British identity, 0.6% (3,80,000) identify as Indian, the third highest after Polish and Romanian.

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