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‘Segregation’ warning as white population shrinks

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 07, 2013

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THE number of white residents in inner Burton has declined by more than eight per cent in some areas over the past decade, new figures have shown.

The central Burton, Shobnall, Horninglow, Eton Park and Anglesey areas of the town all saw drops in the number of people describing themselves as white between 2001 and 2011.

The fall, which is mirrored across the country, has led to concerns that ethnic groups are segregating themselves within towns and cities, potentially leading to employment and education problems.

In the 2001 Census, 82.8 per cent of Eton Park residents described themselves as white. This figure had plunged to 74.2 per cent by the time the 2011 Census was carried out.

Meanwhile, Anglesey saw its white population fall from 70 per cent in 2001 to 64.5 per cent in 2011.

Drops in the number of white residents of 3.7 per cent, 6.7 per cent and 2.7 per cent were also recorded in Horninglow, Shobnall and Burton town respectively between 2001 and 2011.

David Goodhart, director of the Demos think-tank, which carried out the analysis of the two sets of Census results, said: “The greater concentration of the ethnic minority population means there is less opportunity for interaction with the white mainstream.

“One problem with this relates to employment. Most jobs come through knowing someone and most of those hiring for good jobs are from the white majority.

“A growing population which is geographically separate and has limited familiarity with majority cultural codes or connection to majority networks may find its occupational mobility reduced.”

The Mail reported earlier this year how Polish had officially become Burton’s second language, with nearly 2,000 mother tongue speakers. The town is also home to significant Urdu, Punjabi and Kurdish-speaking communities.

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