If you wanted to know how many Pakistanis live in the UK, what would you do? Go around counting all the Pakistanis you could see? Well, now there’s no need as I’ve found some interesting facts on telegraph.co.uk:
- There are more than one million people in the UK of Pakistani ancestry.
- It is the second largest overseas Pakistani population after Saudi Arabia
- The West Midlands is home to 172,000 people of Pakistani ancestry, more than any other British region.
- There are an estimated 163,000 in London, 163,000 in the Yorkshire area and 133,000 in the North West of England.
- At least 3.7 per cent of children born in England and Wales in 2005 had two Pakistani parents.
- It is estimated that by 2031 there will be at least 2.63 million people of Pakistani ancestry in the UK.
- The most diverse Pakistani population is in London and is made up of Punjabis, Pathans, Urdu Speakers, Mirpuris and Sindhis.
- The largest presence in the capital is in the East London areas of Ilford, Walthamstow, Leyton, Barking and Newham.
- A significant number of Pakistanis have set up their own businesses, often employing family members.
- Well-known British Pakistanis include Anwar Pervez, whose Bestway group has a turnover of £2 billion.
- Birmingham has one of the largest Pakistani ex-patriate communities in the world.
- There are at least 110,000 Pakistanis there, amounting to 11 per cent of the city’s population.
- Bradford is home to an estimated 77,000 Pakistanis making up 15.6 per cent of the city’s population.
- More than 90 per cent of Pakistanis in the UK are Muslims, mainly Sunni.
Reading these facts made me smile. It seems there are quite a lot of us!
Hmm, now to get those millions of Pakistanis to become family historians and trace their roots…