According to the data released by the London Office of National Statistics (ONS), the number of Indians living in the UK has become over four times more than the Chinese and Americans, combined. During last 10 years, the number of Indians has also grown by 50% with approximately 760,000 Indian-origin presently living in the UK.
Indians are followed by the people of Polish origin, Pakistanis, Irish, Germans, Bangladeshis, South Africans, Americans, Chinese and Nigerians.
The overall number of immigrants living in the UK has also gone up by over 2.6 million in a decade and there is presently one immigrant for every seven people born in Britain. The ONS also found that three-quarters of immigrants to the UK are people migrating to work or study. Figures revealed that a total of 641,000 people moved to the UK only in the year 2014, alone.
According to the latest figures, Indians are also the second largest group of migrants, tied at second place with Spanish migrants going to the UK after the Chinese. In 2013, over 33,000 Indians entered UK for study and livelihood purposes.
No doubt, Britain is often considered the world’s most diverse country. By 2040, the number of foreign-born and non-white residents in the UK is expected to double and will account for a third of the overall population.
The flow of immigrants into Britain has remained an emotive issue in the UK as PM Cameron’s government has struggled to control the figures. Even, in a recent speech the British PM has reiterated his determination to not ‘cave in’ on tough immigration targets.