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Ethnic minorities to make up third of Britain by 2050: Study

Published on May 6, 2014 8:45 AM
A couple are silhouetted in an underpass in London on May 5, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - 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.

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