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October 2007

London’s religious communities

 

A study by the University of East London indicates that the British capital is more segregated by religious distinctions than racial differences. Researchers have created a map showing the city as a patchwork of religious enclaves with minority religions in some areas making up as much as 80% of the population.

According to the report quoted in the Times newspaper only 3% of London’s seven million residents live in areas classed as racially segregated, but 25% live in religiously-segregated neighbourhoods.

The study is based on census data. Concentrated communities of Muslims are found in the boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham; Jews in Harrow, Barnet and north Hackney; and Hindus in Brent.

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