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.

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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

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

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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: Muslims

Islam has grown in London in the past 10 years. 14% of Londoners describe themselves as Muslims compared to 12% in 2006. Over the same period Christianity has declined while other faiths have remained stable. But, as previously reported by Urbs, London remains the most religious region of the UK

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that London has a higher proportion of Muslims than Britain generally, 14% compared to 5%.  That’s about 1.1 million people.

The East London boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham have by far the largest numbers of Muslims. 45% of the population of Tower Hamlets and 40% of the population of Newham is Muslim. Tower Hamlets has the largest Bangladeshi community in the capital and Newham is home to one of the largest concentration of Pakistan-born Londoners.

There are far fewer Muslims south of the river.

Muslims in London

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See also

Religious Faith in London: Christians

Religious Faith in London: Hindus

Religious Faith in London: Sikhs

Religious Faith in London: Jews

Religious Faith in London: Buddhists

Religious Faith in London: Non-believers

The capital is the most religious region of Britain

 

Religious Faith in London: Christians

The Christian population of London has declined to 49% from 61% 10 years ago. This means that a little under 4.2 million people describe themselves as Christian.

London is the only region in the UK where fewer than 50% define themselves as Christian.

Christian in UK

Despite this decline in Christianity London remains the most religious region of the UK when all religions are included, as previously reported by Urbs.

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that Christians are quite evenly spread throughout the capital. The outer borough of Bexley has the highest proportion. The lowest rate is in Tower Hamlets, which has the highest proportion of Muslims in the capital.

Christian in London

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See also

Religious Faith in London: Muslims

Religous 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

The capital is the most religious region of Britain

 

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.

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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%.

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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