British Muslim Statistics

British Muslim Statistics – The 2001 census put the figure for the British Muslim population at 1.59 million out of a total UK population of 57.1 million.

Until the results from the 2011 Census are released, the 2001 Census data is the most comprehensive set of statistics available on the British Muslim population.

Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life 2010 report on ‘Muslim Networks and Movements in Western Europe’ put the figure of British Muslims at 2,869,000.

The 2001 Census contains a wealth of information about British Muslims. For example:

  • British Muslims possess the youngest demographic profile of all UK religious groups with over a third being under the age of 16, and a further 32% between the ages of 17 –34.
  • British Muslims have significantly larger families, with 27% of Muslim households in the UK having three or more dependent children.
  • British Muslims are three times more likely to be unemployed than White Britons; are far less likely to hold a degree; are less healthy than other groups; and when employed, are far more likely to hold positions in unskilled or low paid employment.

Whilst Muslims are less than 3% of the overall population, over half of British Muslims live in just 50 parliamentary seats where they form between 7 and 20% of the population. A full list of these 50 seats can be found here.

Ethnic minorities now make up around 8% of the British electorate and while voting patterns and habits of the majority White community have been studied for some time, few studies exist of ethnic minority voting habits, political participation and political attitudes.

From studies that have been undertaken, the following is apparent:

Ethnic minorities are somewhat less likely than White Britons to register to vote. According to the Runnymede Trust’s ‘Ethnic Minority British Election Study,’ 88% of Pakistanis and Bangladeshis surveyed were registered to vote in the 2010 election. This compares to 95% for the population as a whole.

However, the figures for voter registration fall to 78% (Pakistanis) and 73% (Bangladeshis) when voter registration details are validated.

Moreover, the study shows that of the five ethnic groups surveyed, (Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Indians, Black Africans and Black Caribbeans), Pakistanis and Bangladeshis were least likely to have filled in their voter registration forms themselves.

Political participation in local and national elections begins with being registered to vote. The Runnymede report notes that the key barrier to political participation by ethnic minorities in the UK is not voter turnout, but voter registration.

Fascist and Far Right candidates standing in 3rd May elections

Fascist and Far Right candidates standing in 3rd May elections – Unite Against Fascism have prepared a full list of candidates who are standing for far right extremist parties in the local and regional elections on 3rd May.

With over 200 standing, the candidates range from the British National Party, the National Front, the English Democrats, the British Freedom Party, the Democratic Nationalists, the British People’s Party, the England First Party and the Independent far right.

About

AboutWith the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Welcome to the Get Out & Vote! website. Our aim is to encourage British Muslims to participate fully in the political process to help shape a more inclusive society for the common good of all.

Get Out & Vote! is a not-for-profit initiative privately funded by British Muslims which does not endorse any party or candidate, nor does it receive funding from any governmental source.

Get Out & Vote! is an initiative brought to you by ENGAGE.

ENGAGE is a not for profit company working towards enhancing the active engagement of British Muslim communities in our national life, particularly in the fields of politics and the media.

ENGAGE aims to achieve this by:

  • Running seminars for Muslims on how to engage productively with the media and politics
  • Training Muslims to effectively respond to derogatory and inflammatory news stories through providing media resources and training
  • Organising forums for journalists to interact with local Muslim communities ensuring greater access to the Muslim grass roots
  • Working with other Muslim and non Muslim organisations to ensure Islamophobia is regarded as socially unacceptable as anti-Semitism and other forms of racism and xenophobia
  • Highlighting the work of journalists and other public figures that undermine social cohesion in Britain and foment anti-Muslim prejudice
  • Encouraging voter registration and civic participation in British Muslim communities