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Immigrants boost UK population: ethnic whites now a minority in London

Immigration from India, Pakistan and Poland has contributed to a sharp increase in the number of people living in England and Wales, according to the 2011 census.

The population rose by 7% to 56.1 million with 13% - some 7.5 million - of those born outside the United Kingdom, up nearly 3 million in a decade.

Census figures also revealed that the number of ethnic white British people dropped by 7%; in London, they are now a minority, accounting for 45% of the capital's population.

Asians make up 18.4% of London's population.

The number of residents who stated that their religion was Christian in 2011 fell 13 percentage points to 59% (33.2 million) in 2011 from 72% (37.3 million) in 2001.

The number of those who said they had no religious affiliation increased by 10 percentage points from 15% (7.7 million) in 2001 to 25% (14.1 million) in 2011.

The third most popular religion was Hinduism, now practiced by 1.5% of all residents whilst 0.8% were Sikhs.

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