TABLE 18-1Ethnic Composition of United Kingdom Population

Ethnic GroupNumber/1,000PercentPercent born in United Kingdom
White51,84494.595.8
All ethnic minorities3,0075.546.8
All black8851.655.7
      Black-Caribbean4990.953.7
      Black-African2080.436.4
      Black-othera1790.384.4
All South Asian1,4772.744.1
      Indian8411.542.0
      Pakistani4760.950.5
      Bangladeshi1600.336.7
Chinese and others6441.240.6
      Chinese1580.328.4
      Other-Asian1970.421.9
      Other-otherb2900.559.8
a

The “black-other” group contains people recorded as “black” with no further details, those identifying themselves as “black British,” and people with ethnic origins classified as mixed black/white and black/other ethnic group. Most of the “black-other” group members seem to have had Caribbean family origins, but were born in Britain.

b

The “other-other” group contains North Africans, Arabs, and Iranians, together with people of mixed Asian/white, mixed black/white, and “other” mixed categories.

SOURCE: 1991 Census (Nazroo, 1999).

From: 18, Ethnic Disparities in Aging Health: What Can We Learn from the United Kingdom?

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Critical Perspectives on Racial and Ethnic Differences in Health in Late Life.
National Research Council (US) Panel on Race, Ethnicity, and Health in Later Life; Anderson NB, Bulatao RA, Cohen B, editors.
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2004.
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