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Surge in Polish speakers in Burton

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 01, 2013

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POLISH is now officially Burton’s second language after statistics revealed it was the mother tongue of nearly 2,000 people in and around the town.

East Staffordshire is home to more Polish speakers than anywhere else in the county — including Stoke-on-Trent — according to figures gathered in the 2011 Census and published this week.

The borough is also home to more Lithuanian, Latvian and Russian speakers than any other area of Staffordshire.

But East Staffordshire is still dominated by English speakers, who made up 102,582 of the 109,290 counted in the Census.

The borough is also home to significant Urdu, Punjabi and Kurdish speaking communities.

Experts were keen to point out the number of people who did not speak English as their main language was not equivalent to the number of migrants, as many settled immigrants spoke English as their mother tongue.

The Office for National Statistics, which published the figures, said: “English was the main language for 92 per cent of usual residents aged three years and over.

“The number of usual residents who spoke English as a main language was higher than the number of usual residents who were born in the UK as some migrants will have English as their main language.”

East Staffordshire was also home to 101 speakers of Malayalam, a language spoken in India, 177 speakers of different variations of Chinese, 54 speakers of African languages and 43 people who said their main language was some form of sign language.

The Census showed there were 91,212 people living in South Derbyshire, 89,697 of whom said English was their main language.

Forty-one people described themselves as Welsh speakers — the highest figure of all districts in the county, including Derby city.

Another 239 said their main language was Polish, 38 said Russian, 394 said Punjabi and 38 cited African languages.

The Mail previously reported how 2011 Census data had shown the combined population of East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire had ballooned by more than 12 per cent during the past decade.

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 04 2013, 1:35PM

    No, no, no. Burton`s official language is English, we have not got a second language, if other people want to settle here, they should learn the English language. When in Rome do as the Romans do.