2.7m Muslims in England and Wales – 4.8% of population
- 33% aged 15 or under
- 68% of Asian descent
- 8% are of white ethnicity
- 47% born in Britain, 36% in the Middle East and Asia
- 6% say they are struggling to speak English
- 37% of Muslims live in London
- 20% are in full-time employment (compared to 35% of the general population)
The report shows that while 47% of Muslims in England and Wales were born in the UK, 73% state their only national identity is British, and only 6% of Muslims say they are struggling to speak English.
Support for the research was provided by the race equality think tank the Runnymede foundation, whose director Omar Khan argues the report is important in making it clear to the public that Muslims do not have a problem with “British values” or identifying with Britain.
“It nails some significant myths about Muslims,” said Mr Khan, “The number of Muslims – which is often exaggerated, how proud Muslims are to be British, how well they fit in and the narrative around British values. They’re proud to call themselves British, don’t have allegiances to other countries in any major way and they don’t have any confusion around where their identity lies.”