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Report shows rise in Glasgow’s minority student population

SURVEY: Half of Glasgow’s full-time students belong to an ethnic minority group

ALMOST HALF of Glasgow’s full-time students belong to an ethnic minority group, according to a new report.

The city council studied the detailed findings of the last census carried out in 2011 to get a breakdown of the ethnic make-up of the city.

It found that 23,500 of the city’s 64,400 full-time students belong to an ethnic minority group.

In 2011, more than 17 per cent of the city’s population belonged to an ethnic minority group - ethnic minorities make up eight per cent of Scotland’s population.

The report to councillors said that the growth of 15,400 in Glasgow’s population between 2001 and 2011 was down to the rising population of ethnic minority groups.

Over that period, the British white population fell by 34,200.


The report adds: “The ‘other white’ population has grown substantially in Glasgow through the influx of migrants from Poland and other European countries - 8400 people identified themselves as white Polish in the 2011 census.”

The Calton area of the city has had the highest influx of the category described as ‘other white’ which is made up of Irish, Gypsy/Traveller, Polish and other nationalities.

There were also significant increases in people from the same group in areas from Broomhill and Greater Govan in the west to Greater Gorbals and Tollcross/West Shettleston in the east.

South Nitshill/Darnley recorded the biggest increase in the black, ethnic minority population but there were also large increases in Sprinburn, Sighthill/Roystonhill, Ruchill/Possilpark, the City Centre,Calton, Ibrox/Kingston, Greater Gorbals, Pollokshields East and Govanhill.


Since 2001, there has been a change in the make-up of the city’s black ethnic minority population.

Despite a rise in the number of Pakistanis, they made up only 33 per cent of the BAME community, compared to 49 per cent a decade earlier.

This is because of an above average rise in the African and Caribbean population - from 6 per cent in 2001 to 21 per cent in 2011. Over the same period the Chinese population rose from 12 per cent to 16 per cent. The survey found 23 per cent of households in Glasgow have dependent children or families, as opposed to 56 per cent for Pakistanis.

The number of black minority ethnic people with no religion is 16.5 per cent, compared to the city average of 31 per cent.

In 2011, the number of people in the city born outside the UK had doubled to 12 per cent, compared with a rise for Scotland from almost 4 per cent in 2001 to 7 per cent in 2011.

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