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Muslim population
in Britain reaches
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The Muslim population in the United seven years demonstrates its position contribution to British society. She
Kingdom may now number as many as the fastest growing faith community quoted a new estimate of 10,000
as 2 million, the home secretary, in Britain, and also refl ects the age Muslim millionaires in Britain and an
Jacqui Smith, disclosed this month structure of the community, with more overall community contribution of
during an offi cial visit to Pakistan than one-third under the age of 16 at £31bn a year to the economy. Smith
The last published offi cial estimate the time of the 2001 census. Outside is the fi rst British minister to visit
of the size of the Muslim community London, Pakistani Muslims make up Pakistan since the assassination of
in Britain was 1.6 million, based more than 43% of the community, Benazir Bhutto and the elections in
on the fi ndings of the 2001 census. with Bangladeshis accounting for February and is holding ministerial
The updated Whitehall estimate 17%, and those from India at 9%. meetings on counter-terrorism and
confi rms the position of Islam as In London, the Muslim community is immigration.
the second largest faith community more evenly split between Pakistani The home secretary acknowledged
after Christianity, and means that and Bangladeshi Muslims. in her speech that there are four
Muslims now make up 3.3% of the Smith, who was making a speech Pakistani Muslim MPs in the
UK population. in Islamabad which highlighted Commons, including two ministers,
The 400,000 increase in the size of Anglo-Pakistani counter-terrorist and more than 200 local councillors
the Muslim community in less than cooperation, stressed the Muslim throughout the UK.
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