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Sunday, 22nd May 2011

UK: Population Estimates by Ethnic Group 2002 2009

Source: Office for National Statistics (UK)

New population estimates by ethnic group for England and Wales indicate that the majority White British group has stayed constant in size between 2001 and 2009 while the population belonging to other groups has risen by around 2.5 million to 9.1 million over the period – about one in six of the population.

The estimates released today update the estimates for 2002 to 2007 previously published in February 2010 (previously published estimates for 2001 remain unchanged) and provide new estimates for 2008 and 2009. Published tables include estimates of each ethnic group broken down by age and sex for local authorities in England and Wales, and for Primary Care Organisations and Strategic Health Authorities in England.

The estimates are consistent with the benchmark mid-year population estimates published by ONS. Though they rely on some assumptions made in statistical models, the estimates by ethnic group provide a level of detail which is not available from survey results. Researchers, local authorities, health authorities and other public and private sector organisations use the estimates to gain an up-to-date picture of the ethnic composition of local populations and to monitor diversity and anti-discrimination programmes...

(T)he majority White British group has stayed the same size over the period, with positive natural change (the difference between the number of births and the number of deaths) being counter-balanced by net out-migration and other changes. With the White British group static in size, overall population growth averaging 0.6 percent per year is the result of growth of the Non-‘White British’ group averaging 4.1 percent each year.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

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