6 May 2014, 12:17

Ethnic minorities to make up third of UK by 2050 - study

Ethnic minorities to make up third of UK by 2050 - study

Almost one third of Britons will be from ethnic minorities by 2050 if current trends continue, according to a new study published by a think tank on Tuesday. Black and minority ethnic (BME) communities are growing at a much faster rate than the white population and are radically changing the face of Britain, the Policy Exchange found.

Currently the five largest BME groups (Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Black Africans and Black Caribbeans) make up eight million people or 14 percent of the population, it said.

This number has doubled in the past decade, while the white population has remained roughly the same, and so is predicted to increase to between 20 and 30 percent of the population by the middle of the century, AFP reports.

Half of ethnic minority communities live in the cities of London, Manchester and Birmingham, according to the analysis of survey, census, academic and polling data.

The study found unemployment rates in BME communities were double the national average, with the exception of the Indian community, whose members tend to be more skilled.

By contrast all minority groups have a higher proportion of students staying in formal education beyond the school leaving age of 16 than the white population.

The study's authors argue that there are "clear and meaningful differences" between the different BME groups that should be addressed by politicians.

However, they note that all BME communities support the opposition Labour party over Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives, regardless of age or social class.

Hidden attempts of Islamization were identified in different schools in UK

by Olga Zamanskaya

According to the British news outlet Telegraph, teachers in the British town of Bradford are fighting against 'Islamization' among their students. An underground group, known as the "Trojan Horse" is trying to implement Muslim education into British schools.

As a result of their activities teachers are forced to leave. Thus, two successful teachers in Yorkshire city have left their jobs. One of them claims to be the victim of an "attempted coup" by "dementors [evil characters]" and people "working against me, overtly and covertly."

The Department for Education has announced that they suspect at least five more places where the same events are taking place across the UK – Birmingham, Bradford, Manchester, and the London boroughs of Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets.

Previously, the Telegraph has uploaded a video showing a man who is allegedly part of this plot. His name is Faisal Khan, he is the head of the Bradford Muslim Education Forum (BMEF), and in the video he talks about him and his colleagues working for a "number of years" to "change the head teacher" at schools.

He also adds: "We have to do that for every single school… we have to be there, on governing bodies, because that's what it's all about… It’s time we took these schools back."

The Bradford Muslim Education Forum (BMEF) works closely with the "Trojan Horse" organization.

Mr. Khan has a long history in relation to British schools. He is a chairman of governors at Carlton Bolling, a mainly Muslim but secular secondary school in Bradford. He was also a governor at Laisterdyke, another large secular school in the city.

Staff of both schools announced that Mr Khan was forcing teachers to quit. For instance, at Carlton Bolling, two successful non-Muslim head teachers quit.

Last January the head of Carlton Bolling's, Chris Robinson, suddenly left her post as well even though she was a very successful professional.

Ms. Robinson declined to comment on her decision. She has already moved to Rotherdam where she has accepted a position in one of the schools.

Mr. Khan denied any accusations. When he was asked if he had any problems with her, he said: "It depends what you mean by making life difficult, if for instance you mean holding people to guidance from the Department for Education."

Another difference that schools have to face are about sex education. Sex education is compulsory under the National Curriculum. However, in Laisterdyke it stopped for some time. Mr. Khan said parents were "up in arms" about sex education. Now the subject has resumed.

Khan continued to deny any of accusations, saying that he had no intention of bringing Islam into UK schools. However, according to the publication, the aim of "Trojan Horse" is to introduce the principles of a conservative Muslim education in Birmingham, which has been taking place in the UK for a while.

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