As a brief illustration of cultural
and geographical diversity, we have highlighted, in this section
of the report, some notable examples of South Asian communities
within the UK.
Appendix Seven (2)
Approximately 22,000 South Asians live
in Slough, with a large proportion in the Chalvet area. Mostly originating
from East Africa, India and Pakistan, the majority of South Asians
in Berkshire are Muslim and speak Punjabi, though Sikhs and Hindus
are also represented.
Appendix Seven (5)
Located primarily in the Pear Tree
and Normanton areas of Derby, the majority of Derbyshire's South
Asians are from India and Pakistan. The languages spoken are Urdu,
Gujerati and Punjabi, while the predominant religions are Islam,
Hinduism and Sikhism.
Of the Ramgaria Sikhs, who have a temple in
Forest Gate, and whose mother tongue is Punjabi, only 70 per cent
(approximately) read English.
b) Plumstead - Borough of Greenwich
Of the South Asians in this area, most are
of Indian origin. It is estimated that only 25 per cent of the
Indian population, whose mother tongue is Hindi, can read English.
c) Wembley - Borough of Brent
There is a large community of Indians in Wembley,
originating primarily from East Africa and India. The majority
of the South Asian community here are Gujerati speaking Hindus,
though some speak Hindi and Punjabi. Around 75 per cent of the
local South Asian population can read English.
d) Southall - Borough of Ealing
Of a largely Sikh community, with a minority
of Hindus, some 30 per cent are under 15 years of age. Only some
50 per cent of the South Asian community here can read English,
with Punjabi being the predominant mother tongue.
e) Hanwell - Borough of Ealing
The majority of South Asians in Hanwell originate
from the Punjab in India. They speak Punjabi and are Muslims.
f) Clapton - Borough of Hackney
The South Asians in Clapton are primarily
Gujerati-speaking Muslims, originating from East Africa and India.
Only a quarter of the adults can read English..
g) Ilford - Borough of Redbridge
Ilford has a large population of Hindus, Muslims
and Sikhs numbering some 30,000. The South Asian community in
Ilford speak a variety of languages, including Gujerati, Hindi,
Punjabi and Urdu.
Asian Population Report for Great Britain
Based on County
Monitors (England & Wales) and Regional Monitors (Scotland)
of the 1991 OPCS Census
Bolton is home to a large population
of Muslims and Sikhs. With around 13,000 originating from East Africa
or India, and approximately 4,000 from Pakistan, their principal
languages are Gujerati, Punjabi and Urdu.
Of the mainly Pakistani (approximately
9,000) Urdu - speaking Muslims, it is estimated that only 50 per
cent of Oldham's South Asian community can read English.
Appendix Seven (9)
Of the South Asians in Hampshire, most
of whom live in Southampton, the majority are Sikh or Hindu of Indian
origin, although there is also a small minority from Pakistan. The
principal language of Hampshire's South Asian community is Punjabi.
Appendix Seven (10) a) St Albans
a) St Albans
With some Bangladeshis and Indians,
and a few Pakistanis, St Albans is home to a relatively small community
of South Asians. The main languages hare are Bengali, Hindi and
Urdu, with the predominant. religions being Hinduism and Islam.
Of around 1,500 Indians and 2,700 Pakistanis,
the majority of Watford's South Asian community are Muslims, with
the principal language being Urdu.
The majority of Leicester's South Asian
community originate from East Africa or India, and speak Gujerati.
Hindus predominate, though there are a few Muslims. Leicester is
the second largest Hindu city outside India (second to Cape Town!)
Appendix Seven (16)
Sheffield has a large Pakistani community,
around 9,000, who are primarily Urdu speaking Muslims. The majority
of the South Asian community here work in the transport or steel
industries or in retail.
Appendix Six (3) a)
With a large population of Indians
and Pakistanis, all South Asian languages and religions are represented
in the Birmingham area. The majority of Indians are found in West
Bromwich, Handsworth, Moseley and Bearwood, while there are large
numbers of Bangladeshis and Pakistanis in the city of Birmingham
Wolverhampton is home to some 28,000
lndian people. The South Asian community here is mainly Punjabi-speaking
Sikhs, especially in the Whitmore Reans area.
Appendix Six (4)
Bradford has a large community of Muslims,
most of whom originate from Pakistan, some from Bangladesh. The
principal languages here are Bengali and Urdu. Indians, mostly Punjabi-speaking
Sikhs, are also represented within the Bradford South Asian communily.