Britain’s Ghettos: The segregated communities of the UK

Since Britain opened its borders to new arrivals from across the world to come to our shores, the dominant narrative espoused by politicians and the information machine of the media alike has been one of multiculturalism and integration. Britain has had three major waves of immigration since WW2. Post-war, the borders of Britain were opened to former countries of the British Empire. The dominant reason for this was to bolster the workforce following the war. Arrivals from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and the Caribbean made up the majority of arrivals. Many of these people came to work in Britain’s industries such as the textile industry.

During the 1980’s another large wave of immigrants entered the UK. Some of these arrivals were people fleeing the civil war in Somalia which took place during the 1980’s and 1990’s. This influx accounts for the majority of Britain’s sizeable Somali population today. Then under the leadership of Tony Blair, Britain’s final and largest wave of immigration took place. Many of these arrivals came from the EU under the freedom of movement laws, but also from 1997, non-European migration rose significantly.

In some incidences, integration has taken place. Arrivals from India and the Caribbean most notably have for the most part been able to integrate into British society, while retaining their own customs. In Britain, our political, media and entertainment classes are always quick to point to how many different cultures blend together in a multicultural society and problems surrounding integration are the exception, rather than the rule. It is true that some migrants into Britain over the last seventy years have managed to become part of the fabric of our nation and truly embrace the spirt of this vision of Britishness.

But this sadly isn’t true of a large proportion of migrants that have come here. Instead of a society where people of all backgrounds live together in a multicultural society, segregation is becoming all too common in some areas of the country. A kind of balkanization is taking place where people are becoming separated along racial, cultural and religious lines. These places have become the ghettos of Britain. Our political classes may deny this problem exists to any great degree, but just doing simple research using data from census findings, it is sadly a much more common occurrence than the most enthusiastic proponents of multiculturalism would allow themselves to believe. Here is a list of the 7 most segregated areas of the United Kingdom which have now become separate enclaves, completely rubbishing the notion of this myth of large scale integration.


The demographics of The London Borough of Newham make it one of the most segregated areas of the UK. This borough which is home to the Olympic Park could easily deceive a lost tourist into thinking they are in a part of Islamabad or Dhaka rather than the capital of Britain. Only 16.73 percent of the population of Newham is listed as being White British, while 43.47 percent of the population of Newham is listed as being Asian or Asian British.

The largest proportion of Asian’s in Newham comprise of the Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities, making up a total of 21 percent of the boroughs residents. The other largest demographic group is people described as Black or Black British. The largest group in this category are people who are listed as Black African, making up 12.28 percent of the population, the Black British residents of Newham only make up a small percentage of the total numbers.

In the previous 2001 census, the numbers of white British residents of Newham has halved since the latest census held back in 2011. In 2001, White Brit’s made up 33.8 percent of the population of Newham, while in the 2011 census this number had dropped to the 16.73 percent of residents I previously mentioned. These statistics make Newham the most segregated borough in London and one of the most segregated areas of the United Kingdom.


Whalley Range is an inner-city area of Blackburn, Lancashire in the North of England. Situated just outside of Manchester, this small city/large-town has a population of 105,000 people. The demographics of Blackburn in the 2011 census stated that the town had a White British population of 66.5 percent, while 31 percent of people in the town were from an ethnic minority background. Most of these people were from the Asian Muslim community. The area of Whalley Range in the town is described as being 95 percent Asian Muslim. The town of Blackburn in general is one of the most segregated in the entire UK, with residents from the Muslim community tending to live exclusively in areas such as Whalley Range while white people tend to live in areas such as Mill Hill.


Slough, a town of about 161,000 people is another area of the UK which has seen segregation rise of the last decade. The population of Slough is only 34.5 percent White British, while the Asian population is listed as being 39.7 percent of the towns population. The religious demography of the town tell their own story as well, 41.2 percent of the town describe themselves as being Christians, while 23.3 percent of the town are listed as being Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus compromise of the other largest religious following in the town.


The city of Leicester ranks as one of the most segregated towns in the UK. During the 2011 census, 45.1 percent of the city was listed as White British while 37.1 was listed as Asian. The religious beliefs of the town were listed as being 32.4 percent Christian, 18.6 percent Muslim and 15.2 percent Hindu.


The borough of Tower Hamlets, which neighbours Newham also suffers from levels of segregation like its neighbour. The demographics show that only 31.2 percent of Tower Hamlets is White British. Asians are listed as being the largest population group, which comprised of 41 percent of the population. 32 percent of those Asian’s in Tower Hamlets were listed as being of Bangladeshi descent. According to the 2011 census, Islam is the most practiced religion in the borough. 34.5 percent of the population describe themselves as Muslims, while only 27.1 percent of the borough is Christian.

Tower Hamlets is home to one of Europe’s largest Islamic centres, The East London Mosque and the borough is home to over 40 mosques and Islamic centres. Back in 2013, a group of Muslims began to “patrol” the area in what became known as “Sharia patrol,” threatening passers by and demanding that they behave in an Islamic way. This ranged from threatening women that were dressed “immodestly” to targeting people who were drinking alcohol. Three men were jailed for the offences in December 2013.


The town of Luton in Bedfordshire is one of the areas that is often held up as a failure of multiculturalism, and a lot of the time with good reason. Many terror plots have emanated from the town over the years. The 7/7 bombers departed from Luton station before undertaking their deadly journey and Anjem Choudary’s group Islam4UK picketed soldiers in the town. The demographics of Luton in the 2011 census show that 54.6 percent of the town is white while 30 percent are described as Asian. Much of the Asian community is made up of Pakistani’s (14.4 percent) and Bangladeshis (6.7 percent.) Christians compromised of 46.4 percent of the population while Muslims made up 25.6 percent of the population. These were the two dominant religious groups of the town. Asians tended to live in separate wards of the town such as Bury Park and Dallow, with Dallow recording 67.2 percent of the ward classified as being Asian. The town also has a Muslim mayor, Tahir Khan.


Birmingham in the West Midlands, the second largest city in the UK is home to many segregated districts. The Asian population of the city was listed as being 26.62 percent, compared to 53.14 percent White British. In the 2011 census, the Pakistani population was listed as being 140,000. The two areas with the largest numbers of Pakistani’s living there was Small Heath and Alum Rock. The east of Birmingham is listed has having the highest proportion of Asian Muslims living there than anywhere else in the city. The areas of East Birmingham which had the highest proportions of Muslims living there was Sparkbrook, Sparkhill, Springfield, Small Heath, Saltley, Bordesley Green, Alum Rock, Washwood Heath, Ward End, Greet, Springfield, Hockley, Witton, Aston, Nechells, Duddeston, Highgate and Balsall Heath.


Discovering the extent of the segregation that is taking place in parts of the UK should seriously make us question the lies we have been told to justify the mass immigration policies of governments past and present. During the course of writing this article it does seem that one community more than any other seems to favour segregation and separation more than others. That is undoubtedly the Muslim community. While there is evidence to show some demographical congregation in Hindu and Sikh communities this is occurring much less than is seen with the Muslim community.

There are other aspects at play here which do need to be taken into account. When the first generation of migrants came to the UK, immigrant groups did tend to cluster together, usually in poorer areas due to their financial situation and sometimes as a safety precaution. It is human nature that people do tend to stay around those they are more culturally familiar and this is one contributing factor as to why these communities sprang up in the early days. As these communities began to grow as the immigrants had families of their own, the phenomena known as “white flight” does also play a part in these communities becoming ever increasingly drawn along racial, cultural and religious lines.

But the demographics do not lie, this phenomena of separation and segregation does tend to be a trait that is found more widely in the Islamic community than any other. As the myth of integration subsides in the mind of the populous, British people of all colours and backgrounds need to ask themselves whether we are happy with a future where communities become balkanized. Instead of one law for all, will we accept that the laws and customs of different parts of the globe are superseding the British way of life, leaving us cut off in separatist states along racial and religious lines. If anybody thinks that this is scaremongering, statistics tell us we are ever increasingly heading down that path as ghettos begin to form in the multicultural haven which is the United Kingdom.

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