East London likely focal point for PM’s English tuition for Muslim women

flag waving-2Almost 40% of the Muslim women who speak little or no English, targeted by David Cameron for language lessons, are living in London.

East London boroughs will need to be a particular focal point of the PM’s £20 million language tuition fund as around a third of Muslim women in Tower Hamlets and Hackney have English difficulties. Across the capital 17% of Muslim women speak little or no English.  They far outnumber the men.

Data from the 2011 census, which asked people about their religion and proficiency in English, shows that there are nearly 100,000 Muslims in London who say that their English is poor.  63% of them are women, the same proportion as for England.

A further 19,000 speak no English at all.  75% or 14,000 are women.  The majority are over 45.

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These figures also show that more than 2,000 of the non-English speaking Muslims are school-age children between 3 and 15.

Urbs looked at the data at borough level for Muslim women who are unable to speak any English. They are concentrated in East London in Tower Hamlets and Newham.

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The Prime Minister has been criticised for singling out Muslim women in his pronouncement on the need for more English tuition to help combat extremism. Many people pointed out that his government previously cut the budget for English tuition for migrants.  While Muslim women are the largest group, people of other faiths also lack a command of English.

The census data shows that the second biggest faith group for non English speakers is Christians. More than 12,000 do not speak English, quite evenly divided between men and women. There are also more than 5,000 Hindus, largely women, who do not speak English.

non Englsih all faiths

The latest data for all these figures comes from 2011, since when there has been a large influx of people coming to work in the UK from Central and Southern Europe.  Many have limited ability in English.

The PM chose to target Muslim women in linking command of English with combating extremist views, but the broader problem of a lack of language skill and its impact upon society and the workforce may be a bigger, multi-faith or no faith problem.

Source data

See also

Our multi-lingual city – English second language for half of primary pupils

London is more diverse than the UN or Fifa

Poles and Pakistanis help shape the multi-cultural make up of the city

What National Insurance really tells us about London’s overseas workforce

 

 

Religious Faith in London: Hindus

5% of Londoners, that’s 427,000 people, describe themselves as Hindu and they are largely concentrated in North West London boroughs. The highest proportion is in Harrow. These areas are home to the largest proportion of Indian-born Londoners.

Redbridge in the east of the city also has a significant proportion. Lambeth has the lowest rate of Hindus in the population.

According to figures from the Office for National Statistics, the number of Hindus in London has remained more or less stable over the past 10 years.  While the number of people with no faith has increased London still remains the most religious region of Britain, as reported by Urbs.

Religion Hindu

Source data

See also

Religious Faith in London: Christians

Religious Faith in London: Muslims

Religious Faith in London: Jews

Religious Faith in London: Sikhs

Religious Faith in London: Buddhists

Religious Faith in London: Non-believers

 

 

The capital is the most religious region of Britain

Westminster Abbey interiroLondon is the most religious place in Britain with 75% of the population having some form of belief. But it is the only region of the country where Christians make up less than half of the population.

Across the country an average of 68% of people have religious faith, according to data from the Office of National Statistics. After London, the North West of England is most God-fearing, and the least religious region is Scotland.

Religion none

London’s Christian population currently stands at 49%, down from 61% in 2006. The capital has a higher proportion of people of other faiths. Muslims make up 14% of the population compared to 5% nationally. Other faiths are also more common in the capital.

Religion proportions

While Islam has grown a little in London, from 12% to 14% of the population since 2006, other religions groups – Hindu, Sikh, Jewish, and Buddhist – have remained more or less stable. The biggest change in faith in London is in people losing it.

Religion London

In 2006 16% said that they had no religions belief. In 2014 that had increased to 25%.

Source data

See also

Religous Faith in London: Christians

Religous Faith in London: Muslims

Religious Faith in London: Hindus

Religious Faith in London: Jews

Religious Faith in London: Sikhs

Religious Faith in London: Buddhists

Religious Faith in London: Non-believers