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Review of Census Ethnicity Classifications Consultation: June 2005

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ANNEX E: BACKGROUND STATISTICS ON ETHNICITY

Table1: Scottish population by ethnic group - All people

Percentages

% total population

% minority ethnic population

Base

White Scottish

88.09

na

4,459,071

Other White British

7.38

na

373,685

White Irish

0.98

na

49,428

Any other White background

1.54

na

78,150

Indian

0.30

14.79

15,037

Pakistani

0.63

31.27

31,793

Bangladeshi

0.04

1.95

1,981

Chinese

0.32

16.04

16,310

Other South Asian

0.12

6.09

6,196

Caribbean

0.04

1.75

1,778

African

0.10

5.03

5,118

Black Scottish or any other Black background

0.02

1.11

1,129

Any Mixed Background

0.25

12.55

12,764

Any other background

0.19

9.41

9,571

All minority ethnic population

2.01

100.00

All population

100.00

na

5,062,011

  • The size of the minority ethnic population was just over 100,000 in 2001 or 2% of the total population of Scotland.
  • Pakistanis were the largest minority ethnic group, followed by Chinese, Indians and those of Mixed ethnic backgrounds.
  • Over 70% of the total minority ethnic population were Asian: Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Chinese or other South Asian.
  • Over 12% of the minority ethnic population described their ethnic group as Mixed.
  • The size of the minority ethnic population has increased since the 1991 Census. Whilst the total population increase between 1991 and 2001 was 1.3%, the minority ethnic population increased by 62.3%.
  • Minority ethnic groups have a younger age distribution than the White groups; with the exception of the Caribbean group, more than 20% of the population for all other groups is less than 16 years old.
  • The Mixed group has the youngest age structure: 44% are under the age of 16 years.
  • The White Irish population has the highest proportion of people over pensionable age.

Chart 1.1: Age profile by ethnic group - All people, Scotland

Percentages

Chart 1.1: Age profile by ethnic group - All people, Scotland

Table 2: Minority ethnic population by council area - All people

Percentages

Percentage of people in each council area that are minority ethnic

Percentage of total minority ethnic population living in each council area

Base

Aberdeen City

2.9

6.0

212,125

Aberdeenshire

0.7

1.6

226,871

Angus

0.8

0.8

108,400

Argyll & Bute

0.8

0.7

91,306

Clackmannanshire

0.8

0.4

48,077

Dumfries & Galloway

0.7

1.0

147,765

Dundee City

3.7

5.2

145,663

East Ayrshire

0.7

0.8

120,235

East Dunbartonshire

3.1

3.3

108,243

East Lothian

0.7

0.6

90,088

East Renfrewshire

3.8

3.4

89,311

Edinburgh, City of

4.1

18.0

448,624

Eilean Siar

0.6

0.2

26,502

Falkirk

1.0

1.5

145,191

Fife

1.3

4.4

349,429

Glasgow City

5.5

31.0

577,869

Highland

0.8

1.6

208,914

Inverclyde

0.9

0.7

84,203

Midlothian

0.9

0.7

80,941

Moray

0.9

0.8

86,940

North Ayrshire

0.7

0.9

135,817

North Lanarkshire

1.3

4.0

321,067

Orkney Islands

0.4

0.1

19,245

Perth & Kinross

1.0

1.3

134,949

Renfrewshire

1.2

2.1

172,867

Scottish Borders

0.6

0.6

106,764

Shetland Islands

1.1

0.2

21,988

South Ayrshire

0.7

0.8

112,097

South Lanarkshire

1.1

3.3

302,216

Stirling

1.5

1.3

86,212

West Dunbartonshire

0.7

0.7

93,378

West Lothian

1.3

2.1

158,714

SCOTLAND

2.0

-

5,062,011

  • Glasgow has the highest percentage of minority ethnic people with 31% of the total minority ethnic population living in the city. This is followed by Edinburgh with 18% of the total minority ethnic population residing in the city.

These and a range of additional ethnicity statistics are available in Analysis of Ethnicity in the 2001 Census Summary report on the Scottish Executive website
( http://www.scotland.gov.uk/library5/social/aescr-00.asp ).