Friday, June 30, 2023

What are the causes of the increase in the Muslim population in the UK? Has this created problems for local people?

 The increase in the Muslim population in the UK can be attributed to several factors, including migration, higher than average birth rates, and some conversion to Islam

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 According to the 2021 UK census, the Muslim population in England and Wales was 3,868,133, which is 6.5% of the population
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 The top five locales with the largest Muslim populations are Birmingham, Bradford, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Manchester, and the London Borough of Newham
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 However, the increase in the Muslim population has created some problems for local people. Muslims from low socio-economic backgrounds lack sufficient resources and support to enable them to reach their potential, which is exacerbated by the fact that nearly half of the Muslim population (46%) live in the 10% of the most deprived local authority districts
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 This has implications for access to resources, school attainment, progression to higher education, and the availability of jobs, including those at postgraduate or managerial levels. These inequalities vary by region, with the Midlands experiencing the largest margin of inequality and the South the smallest
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 Furthermore, more than two-thirds of the Muslim community in England and Wales reside in areas with the highest rates of unemployment
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 The cost of living crisis has also disproportionately impacted the British Muslim population, as over 90% of the 3.3 million British Muslim population is comprised of minority ethnic communities
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 Discrimination and racism against Muslims in the UK can create a sense of injustice and victimization, which can fuel resentment and anger
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 However, it is important to note that these problems do not represent the majority of UK Muslims, and the vast majority of Muslims in the UK do not support extremism or terrorism.

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