Other ethnic group (United Kingdom Census)

Other ethnic group (United Kingdom Census)

The 2001 UK Census ethnic groups include White British, White Other, Mixed Race, Asian British, Black British and Chinese or other ethnic group. In the 2001 Census 230,615 people in the UK (or 0.4 per cent of the population) ticked the 'Other Ethnic Group' box. [cite web|url=http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Expodata/Spreadsheets/D6588.xls|title=The UK population: by ethnic group, April 2001|publisher=Office for National Statistics|accessdate=2008-06-22] [cite web|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/uk/03/census_2001/html/ethnicity.stm|title=Census 2001: Ethnicity|publisher=BBC News|accessdate=2008-06-22]

Since the UK Census relies on self-completion, the composition of the other ethnic group category is not fixed. Analysis by the Office for National Statistics of the 220,000 people in England and Wales who ticked the other ethnic group box in the 2001 Census reveals that 53 per cent were born in the Far East, 10 per cent in the UK, 10 per cent in the Middle East, and 7 per cent in Africa.cite web|url=http://www.statistics.gov.uk/articles/nojournal/other_ethnicgroups.pdf|title=Who are the 'Other' ethnic groups?|last=Gardener|first=David|coauthors=Connolly, Helen|date=October 2005|publisher=Office for National Statistics|accessdate=2008-06-22] People could write in an ethnic group under the 'other' heading. 26 per cent did not specify an ethnicity, but of the remainder, 23 per cent wrote Filipino, 21 per cent Japanese, 11 per cent Vietnamese, 11 per cent Arab, 6 per cent Middle Eastern and 4 per cent North African.


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