The (White) British are Leaving (London)

As reported in The Evolving Urban Form: London, last July the Greater London Authority (GLA), located inside the Green Belt, grew strongly from 2001 to 2011, though remains well below its peak estimated population in 1939. Substantial domestic migration from the core area to the exurbs was a major contributor to their growth during between 2000 and 2010 (Figure 1).

Obviously, with all that growth and all that domestic out-migration, international migration had to be driving the population growth in the GLA. The British Broadcasting Corportation (BBC) confirms that, reporting that, for the first time "white British" residents of GLA represent a minority of the population. At 45 percent, this population segment is down from 58 percent in 2011.

Whites, however, remain a majority, with more than 1.3 who do not consider themselves British, according to the 2011 census data. The combined white population is nearly 60 percent of the GLA total. The table below provides the ethnic data as reported by the Office for National Statistics.



Greater London Authority: Ethnicity
2011 Census
All categories: Ethnic group      8,173,941 100.0%
White: English/Welsh/Scottish/Northern Irish/British      3,669,284 44.9%
White: Irish         175,974 2.2%
White: Gypsy or Irish Traveller              8,196 0.1%
White: Other White      1,033,981 12.6%
Mixed/multiple ethnic group: White and Black Caribbean         119,425 1.5%
Mixed/multiple ethnic group: White and Black African            65,479 0.8%
Mixed/multiple ethnic group: White and Asian         101,500 1.2%
Mixed/multiple ethnic group: Other Mixed         118,875 1.5%
Asian/Asian British: Indian         542,857 6.6%
Asian/Asian British: Pakistani         223,797 2.7%
Asian/Asian British: Bangladeshi         222,127 2.7%
Asian/Asian British: Chinese         124,250 1.5%
Asian/Asian British: Other Asian         398,515 4.9%
Black/African/Caribbean/Black British: African         573,931 7.0%
Black/African/Caribbean/Black British: Caribbean         344,597 4.2%
Black/African/Caribbean/Black British: Other Black         170,112 2.1%
Other ethnic group: Arab         106,020 1.3%
Other ethnic group: Any other ethnic group         175,021 2.1%
Source: Office for National Statistics, United Kingdom
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