Tuesday, 4 September 2007

London segregated by religion more than race, finds study

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A new study by the University of East London has found that London is more segregated by religion than race, showing that in some areas minority religions make up 80% of the population. While only 3% of Londoners live in areas classed as racially segregated, the study suggests that 25% live in areas segregated by religion.

At the same time, the authors of the study have suggested that such segregation is not always detrimental to those involved. Concentrated communities of Jews, Hindus and Sikhs are generally in better-off areas of the city, but areas with large Muslim populations tend to be in less affluent parts of London, such as Tower Hamlets and Newham.