Indian diaspora largest ethnic group in the UK: 2011 census

The Indian diaspora is the largest ethnic group in the UK and Hinduism with 1.5 per cent of the population is the third most popular religion in the country, the latest census indicated Tuesday.

The 2011 census data revealed that the immigrant population of England and Wales went up by nearly 3 million over the past decade.

The most common birthplaces outside of the UK for residents are India, Poland and Pakistan, it said.

Also, just 3.7 million Londoners described their ethnicity as "White British" in 2011 — down from 4.3 million in 2001, and making up 44.9 per cent of the city's population.

It is believed to be the first time that British whites have become a minority in any region of the UK. The number of ethnic white British has dropped to 80 per cent.

Another major change came in decreasing number of Christians as a quarter Britons said they had no religion.

The third most popular religion was Hinduism, with 1.5 per cent of the population, while 0.8 per cent were Sikhs.

The total population of England and Wales was 56.1 million, a seven per cent increase from 2001 — and 55 per cent of the increase is because of migration.

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