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London: The UK Office for National Statistics has revealed that the number of neighbourhoods which have a majority of Muslim residents has nearly doubled over the past decade.
There are now 38 wards in England and Wales where Muslim residents make up more than 50 percent – up from 20 wards on 2001. In the past seven years the number of Muslims in the UK has risen by 37 percent to 2.6million. And there are five wards where more than 75 percent of residents are Muslim, three of them in the North West.
The ward with the highest proportion is Bastwell in Blackburn, Lancs, at 85 percent, the Daily Star said. Seventeen of the 38 wards where more than 50 percent of the residents are Muslim are in the North West. The ethnic mix of some areas has changed too.
A total of 34 wards in England and Wales have more than 50 percent Indian or Pakistani residents, up from 19 wards in 2001. Meanwhile, the ward with the highest proportion of Indian and Pakistani people is Latimer in Leicester at 81 percent.
Ten of the 34 wards where more than 50 percent of the residents are Indian and Pakistani are in the North West, seven are in Yorkshire and Humberside and another seven in London.
There are four wards where more than 75 percent of residents are Indian or Pakistani. There are more than 8,000 wards in England and Wales so the proportion of wards where over 50 percent of the population is Muslim or Indian/Pakistani is small.