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Thursday, 12th February 2015

British Muslims in Numbers

Source: Muslim Council of Britain (UK)

From Executive Summary:

Muslims form 4.8% of the population in England and Wales. The population has increased from 1.55 million in 2001 to 2.71 million in 2011. There are 77,000 Muslims in Scotland and 3,800 in Northern Ireland.

The Muslim population is larger than all other non-Christian faith groups put together.

47% of Muslims are UK-born.

The increase in the Muslim population since the last census has prompted alarmist coverage in some sections of the media. In the interests of responsible journalism, the demographic reality should be firmly kept in mind: Muslims comprise less than 1 in 20 of the overall population. Demographic alarmism is scaremongering....

The majority of Muslims (76%) live in the inner city conurbations of Greater London, West Midlands, the North West and Yorkshire and Humberside. Muslims form 12.4% of London’s population.

There are 35 Local Authority Districts with a Muslim population of 10% or more. There are about 70 wards with a Muslim population of 40% or more.

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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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