White Britons are now a minority in Leicester, Luton and Slough and Birmingham is set to follow by end of decade


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White Britons are now a minority in Leicester, Luton and Slough and Birmingham is set to follow by end of decade All three communities have a white British population of less than 50%, 2011 UK census shows, and Birmingham will be the same by 2020 Slough has the lowest proportion of white Britons in the UK outside London – 35 per centImmigration from Eastern Europe since 2004 a major cause, say academics By Steve Doughty PUBLISHED: 10:52 GMT, 10 January 2013 | UPDATED: 22:54 GMT, 10 January 2013 Three towns and cities have joined London in having a minority white British population. Researchers say more than 50 per cent of people living in Leicester, Luton and Slough are either foreign or from an ethnic minority. Birmingham is expected to have a similar make-up by 2020

Italian police find five-year-old Afghan boy hidden in suitcase of "family friend taking him to Germany"


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Italian police find five-year-old Afghan boy hidden in suitcase of ‘family friend taking him to Germany’ Assim's journey may have lasted three monthsHe is believed to be from central Afghanistan | UPDATED: 15:20 GMT, 20 December 2012 Anything to declare Undocumented boy is believed to be from the Hazara ethnic group, central Afghanistan A five-year-old Afghan boy has been found hidden in the suitcase of a man getting off a ferry in Venice. Ali Shaker, 35, of Afghanistan, told Italian police after disembarking from a ferry from Greece, that he was a family friend who was taking the boy to see relatives in Germany on behalf of the boy's parents

Labour still cant face facts on immigration


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Labour still can’t face facts on immigration | UPDATED: 23:16 GMT, 14 December 2012 It was the week when the BBC and the Labour Party – after a decade seeking to crush all public debate on immigration – were finally forced to confront the truth. The Corporation led its bulletins on Tuesday with the extraordinary news from the 2011 census that 7.5million foreign-born residents now live in England and Wales – almost four million of whom have arrived since 2001. Yesterday, Ed Miliband delivered a speech in London (where, according to the census, white Britons are a minority) in which he acknowledged that voters feel ‘profound anxiety about immigration’

Jessica Ennis hailed as "the face of today"s Britain" as census figures reveal mixed-race rise


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Britain's mixed race population leaps over one million as research reveals prejudices have sharply dropped Olympic heptathlete Jessica Ennis hailed as 'face of the census' according to think-tank director Her father Vinnie is from Jamaica and her mother Alison is from DerbyshireCensus expected to reveal at least 1m people born to mixed race parentsOnly 42% of people in survey could correctly identify Ennis as mixed race Women more comfortable with mixed race marriages than men by 66 to 58% | UPDATED: 00:30 GMT, 10 December 2012 The mixed-race population is among the fastest growing in Britain and is already the largest ethnic group among under-16s. Data from the 2011 census, released tomorrow, will suggest there are now more than one million people born to parents in interracial relationships. But academics believe the true figure could be more than double this, because many of mixed-race are believed to define themselves as a single race on official forms.

Respect MP attacks new rule on veils saying the restriction discriminates against Muslim women


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Respect MP attacks new rule on veils saying the restriction discriminates against Muslim women George Galloway said restrictions could discriminateHe said they were 'heavy handed'Everyone who works at the Palace of Westminster are 'required to remove any covering obscuring the face' | UPDATED: 01:34 GMT, 9 December 2012 New curbs on Muslim veils in the Commons were criticised by Respect MP George Galloway last night, writes Simon Walters. Mr Galloway, whose Bradford West constituency has a large ethnic population, said the restrictions could discriminate against Muslim women

Proportion of young Muslim men in youth jails rises by more than a quarter as one in five offenders say they follow faith


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Proportion of young Muslim men in youth jails rises by more than a quarter as one in five offenders say they follow faithProportion of youth offenders in custody from black and minority ethnic communities also rose slightly to 42 per cent | UPDATED: 11:59 GMT, 7 December 2012 The proportion of young Muslim men in youth jails in England and Wales rose by more than a quarter last year, figures showed today.