ABSTRACT

According to the 2001 census, ethnic minorities constitute 7.9 per cent of the British population. However, as there are varied distribution and settlement patterns across the country, the localized reality can be appreciably different. For example, in London, where 45 per cent of all Britain’s ethnic minorities live, they comprise a significantly larger 29 per cent of the capital’s residents (UK Census, 2001).The roots of these minority populations stretch to all corners of the globe, as they narrate vastly varied causes and circumstances of dislocation. Though these populations may at times be collectively subsumed under the ‘ethnic minorities’ label in today’s multicultural, or multi-ethnic, Britain, their members hold little (besides a presumed difference from the majority) in common.