White Brits set to become a minority in Birmingham

Published on 5 December 2019 by BrickTop

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British people are set to become the minority in Birmingham – with nearly 50,000 locals currently unable to speak English.

In a new report Birmingham City Council said it had benefited from its “diverse migrant communities” but warned the city’s varied ethnicity had led to greater community “tension” and social segregation. It said 42.1 per cent of people in Birmingham said they were non-white British in the 2011 census, Birmingham Live reports. That was an increase of 12 per cent from the 2001 survey and if the rate rises by the time of the next census in 2021, more than half of the city’s 1.2 million-plus population will be from an ethnic minority. The report says: “Birmingham is soon to become a majority minority city.”

One of the main problems, the report says, is that places where there is a “high concentration” of ethnic minority groups have become more disadvantaged. Another issue is in employment with the city’s rates below the national average, which is reportedly hindered by the fact a large number of Pakistani and Bangladeshi residents have no qualifications. At least 47,005 citizens are also said to be unable to speak English. But the report also recognises the benefits of Birmingham’s multiculturalism. The report states: “Ethnic diversity can bring many benefits such as transnational trading links and high levels of cultural resource. “Birmingham has benefited from its diverse migrant communities who have settled in the city and successfully contributed to its economic vitality, becoming leaders in education, medicine, sports, arts and business and providing employment opportunities to local people. “Our demographic landscape is increasingly becoming ethnically and socially ‘super diverse’, which means a greater understanding of the changes in cultural norms, identities and social shifts in how we live work and learn is needed.”

The report has been drafted as part of the council’s plan to improve community cohesion. Equalities chief Councillor Tristan Chatfield said: “These are complex challenges and they are also rapidly evolving. “Collectively, Birmingham should lead by example in challenging anything that prevents our citizens from reaching their full potential, including discrimination, poverty, segregation or a lack of ambition.”