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Cities 'facing growing segregation'

17:20pm 31st August 2005

UK cities could be at risk of long-term social problems if growing ethnic isolation is not addressed, a study has suggested.

The research found that some British cities are now in the "major league" of segregation, ranking in the top 50 with American towns such as New York, Miami and riot-riven Los Angeles.

Leicester, Bradford and Oldham were classified as "ghettos" by the researchers, with London and Bradford home to the most isolated ethnic communities. Pakistani and Bangladeshi groups were found to be increasingly separated.

Some 13.6% of the Indian community in Leicester live in "isolated enclaves" - 37th in the table of 276 US and UK cities - compared to 5.4% of LA's African Americans and 13.3% of blacks in New York, the research revealed.

Bradford's Pakistani population was also in the top 50, with 13.2% in isolated enclaves, while 13.3% of American blacks lived similar lives in New York, and 15.8% and 15.4% of those in Miami and Chicago respectively.

Researcher Dr Mike Poulsen, a senior lecturer in geography at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, presented his findings to the Royal Geographical Society's annual conference in London, after examining 16 major UK cities, including Slough, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Luton, Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds, and comparing data from the 1991 and 2001 census.

The research predicts isolated ethnic enclaves will continue to increase in size over time, and Dr Poulsen said immigration was mainly behind the rise.

"We are talking about increases of about 30% of the population in terms of each of the ethnic groups that moved into these mixed enclaves over the last decade.

"The outcomes [are] the children living in some areas are just not going to assimilate as we would have expected, and that cannot be good.

"The idea was that they would assimilate, it might take them longer, but ultimately they would assimilate.


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Well what did they expect Multi-culturalism and communities to lead to?! Multi-culturalism is segregation, its follows the same policies as Apartheid only under a more Libertarian label. Intergration, the anti-Mulitcultural path, has always been the ideology truely linked with equality, civil rights etc

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