More than 600,000 white British Londoners have left the capital in a decade.
Census figures show that between 2001 and 2011 the level of ‘white flight’ reached 620,000.
It is the equivalent of a city the size of Glasgow – made up entirely of white Britons – moving out of the capital.
The figures, reported by the BBC yesterday, mean that for the first time, white Britons are now in a minority in the country’s largest city.
At the same time, the census shows, some rural areas have seen a rise in the proportion of people who describe their ethnicity as ‘white British’.
Some 3.7million Londoners classified themselves as white British in 2011 – down from 4.3million in 2001 – despite the city’s population increasing by nearly one million over the decade to 8.2million.
Sir Andrew Green of MigrationWatch thinks that the BBC should have addressed such a serious issue less trivially
White Britons now make up 45 per cent of the population, compared with 58 per cent in 2001.
London’s population has been boosted by immigrants. Three million foreign-born people now live in the capital.
Five London boroughs saw the proportion of white Britons fall by more than a quarter. The largest decline was in Newham, East London, where the decrease was 37.5 per cent.
In Barking and Dagenham, on the East London/Essex border, 80 per cent of residents were white British in 2001 but by 2011 the proportion was 49 per cent.