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The number of Jamaicans and other Caribbean-born nationals in the United Kingdom (UK) has dropped, a new study released by the Institute for Public Policy Report (IPPR) has stated.
The BBC and other UK media houses have used the report for a series of features with the theme: ‘Born Abroad’, which looked at immigrating trends in the UK.
This report also showed that there was a decrease by 12,000 in the number of Caribbean born immigrants in Britain between 1991 and 2001.
The British capital, London, which is traditionally home to large numbers of Caribbean born persons, showed a drop of 9,400 persons, with communities such as Tooting, Battersea and Vauxhall, which usually have large Caribbean populations, showing a decrease of 4,300 people, while Wembley and Harlesden lost 2,900 Caribbean-born residents.
Titled, ‘Beyond Black and White’, the IPPR report, which came out last week along with the Labour Force Survey, was used by the BBC to show that the immigrant population in 2001 grew by an additional 1,147,905 immigrants and was 7.5 per cent of Britain’s total population, compared to 5.7 per cent in 1991. Some 41 per cent were based in London, making up a quarter of the city’s population.
The report used the census to identify people’s changes of location and the Labour Force Survey to determine the socio-economic situation of the varied immigrant communities.
Author of the study, Dr. Sarah Kyambi, said the decline in the number of Caribbean born immigrants could be explained by the increased immigration controls that people from the Caribbean now faced.
The IPPR said because of the increasing number and the growing diversity of immigrants in Britain, the government should now revise its integration policies to help improve the socio-economic situation of immigrants and asylum seekers.