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Pakistan, India and Bangladeshi origin people feel more 'British' than native whites


June 30, 2012 - London

A new research has found out that among the citizens of the United Kingdom, people from of Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi origin feel more 'British' than their white counterparts.

Muslims are the most likely of all groups to identify with the concept of 'Britishness', as these findings clearly trash suggestions that people mostly from Asian background are unwilling to merge into British culture.

The study, named Understanding Society, looked at the socio-economic circumstances of people living in 40,000 UK households.

Occupants were asked a series of questions, including how important on a scale of one to 10, being British was to them.

Pakistanis scored the highest with an average of 7.76 despite common presumptions that they associate more strongly with their own national identity than to where they are living now.

Bangladeshi and Indian groups came second and third respectively, while the white population scored the lowest with an average of 6.58.

Dr Alita Nandi will present the research next week at the Economic and Social Research Council Research Methods Festival.

"Our research shows that people we might assume would feel very British, in fact do not - while others who we might assume would not associate themselves with feelings of Britishness, in fact do," The Daily Express quoted Dr Nandi, as saying.

The study also found that identification with Britishness is higher among the children and grandchildren of migrants.

ANI

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