London's changing ethnic landscape, 2001-2011: A cartographic exploration

Ron Johnston, Michael Poulsen, James Forrest

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London's population became increasing more diverse ethnically over the decade 2001-2011, a period when the White population declined, with many commentators suggesting that there has been White flight'from some districts in the face of 'invasion' by members of ethnic minority groups. To examine how extensively the city's ethnic landscape changed during that period- and whether suggestions of the operation of 'invasion and succession processes' are valid - this article reports on statistical mapping of small area data for the two censuses. The results identify clearly-defined, substantial blocks of territory within the urban residential fabric where members of each of the main census respondent self-identified ethnic groups are concentrated. These have expanded outwards, into areas from which the White population has clearly withdrawn, though in most cases the rate of cluster areal expansion has been less than the groups' numerical growth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-57
Number of pages20
JournalLocal Population Studies
Issue number92
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


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