LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's far-right is sparing no effort to anchor its narrative that the country is being stolen from foreigners and is undergoing demographic change in favor of immigrants of different origins, and "populist" politician Nigel Farag said in a tweet that the "white" population no longer forms the majority in the country's three largest cities: Manchester, London and Birmingham.
Faraj said, in his tweet, that the source of his information is the National Bureau of Statistics (ONS), and considered that what is happening is a "demographic change" in the country, to be circulated by a number of British media outlets affiliated with the right and the "populist" right.
The aim of circulating this information is to promote anti-immigrant ideas and sound the alarm that the country would be "lost to the British in favor of other ethnicities and ethnicities", had it not been for the fact that a check of the numbers would say otherwise.
What do the numbers say?
According to the British National Census 2021, London and Birmingham know that "British whites" are becoming a minority in the city, and London is the most diverse city in the whole country.
Data from the National Bureau of Statistics shows that the number of "white British" population in Birmingham reached 581,2011 people in 52, constituting 491% of the city's total population, and then this figure fell to 2021,43 people in <>, or <>% of the total population of Birmingham.
In contrast, the number of "white British" people in London fell from 4.9 million people in 2011 to 4.7 million in 2021, making up 37% of the British capital's population.
The National Statistics Agency revealed that the number of people who identify themselves as "white" in Britain and Wales fell to 500,2011 people between 2021 and 86, and the percentage of whites in the country fell from 2011% in 81 to 7.2021% in <>.
These figures have been picked up by a number of anti-immigrant associations to promote the idea of demographic change, such as the British Migration Watch Foundation, which said in a statement that "the census shows that significant demographic change is increasing due to the large numbers of immigrants in Britain and Wales."
While the "white" population is already a minority in Birmingham, neither London nor Manchester are in the same way, because the British far-right is "trying to manipulate the statistics."
The far-right figures concern only "British whites," not "whites" in general, who remain in majority in most British cities and across the country at more than 80% and concentrated especially in the north.
The designation "British whites" does not include other groups included in the census, who are also white, from Asia, from Europe and even from Scotland, and in particular, a large part of whom cannot identify themselves as "British".
According to data from the Office for National Statistics, the 44.4 million whites who said they hail from the United Kingdom, which constitutes 74.4% of the country's total population, making it unacceptable for the white population to become a minority in the country's major cities.
What's more, the largest demographic rise was in the number of people identifying themselves as "white" of non-British origin, and the results of the 2021 census showed that the number of "non-British whites" rose to 3.7 million people compared to about 2.5 million people, an increase of 4.4% in 10 years.
Birmingham remains the exception, as the white population was not a majority for historical and economic reasons, as this city was considered the industrial heart of Britain, before many industries were moved to the north and tens of thousands of workers had to move there with their families, not about demographic change.
As for Manchester, the white population, whether British or non-British, makes up more than 50% of the city's population, as does London, where the white population makes up about 53% of the total population of the capital.
In doing so, it appears that the far-right "took advantage of the distinction between British whites and whites in general, to attack immigrants and talk about the alleged demographic change that Britain is experiencing."