Pakistanis the most backward immigrant community: British Govt survey

MAMOSA Report; Jan 2, 2016 — A recently conducted survey by the British government has revealed that the Pakistani community living in UK is the ‘most backward’ among all the immigrant communities residing there.

The survey results showed that the number of unemployed Pakistani-origin men is three times as much as those from the white community, reports Geo News.

It said that one in every four Pakistani drives a taxi as their main source of income.

The survey further disclosed that 57 percent of Pakistani-origin women are either inactive – not part of the active workforce – or unemployed. This number is unusually higher than the proportion of inactive or unemployed women from other communities.

The number of white women who are unemployed, in contrast, stands at 25 percent.

The survey found that a number of Pakistanis face hurdles settling in Britain due to inadequate English-speaking skills.

According to media reports, the survey mainly revolved around the economic standing of the community and the ability to communicate with and adapt in a foreign environment.

Over 1.2m Pakistanis and Britons of Pakistani descent live in UK. Last fiscal year they remitted more than $2.5 billion to Pakistan.

Report: Poor Pakistani Muslim Areas Among Most Segregated in England

In January last year, a think tank called on the British government to do more to integrate ethnic communities following publication of a report showing that poor Muslim areas are among the most segregated in Britain. A UK Independence Party MEP had said the “results proved multiculturalism had failed thanks to some ethnic groups, most notably Pakistani Muslims, who showed “total disregard for the law””.

Policy Exchange found that two main regions accounted for the majority of segregated areas: the post-industrial communities of Yorkshire and Lancashire “dominated” by “mainly Pakistani” communities, and Eastern English towns which have experienced “large inflows” of Eastern European immigrants.

It said, wealthy Indians and Europeans were the most successfully integrated ethnicities in the most integrated places – Amersham in Buckinghamshire, Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands and Loughton in Essex.

Have Bangladeshis overtaken Pakistanis in Britain?

At home and in diaspora, Bangladeshis are leaving Pakistanis behind in human development and prosperity.

Recent research from Britain revealed that children born to Bangladeshi parents achieve higher grades than those born to Pakistani parents. Furthermore, the average household income of Bangladeshis in Britain is now higher than that of Pakistanis.

In a short span of four decades, Bangladeshis have not only caught up to Pakistan in development and prosperity (both at home and in diaspora), they are also likely to achieve greater prosperity in the future than Pakistanis are.

Pakistan’s development professionals and political leadership need to acknowledge that the nation is now losing out to countries it once dominated in human development.

A recent article in The Economist exposed the growing disparities between Pakistanis and Bangladeshi immigrants in Britain. Not only did the children born to Bangladeshi parents score better grades in standardized tests than those born to Pakistani parents, they also outscored white British children.

Recent data revealed that 61 per cent of Bangladeshis in Britain obtained five good GCSEs, a certification for 16-year old students.

In comparison, only 51 per cent of Pakistanis achieved the same. White British students at 56 per cent also lagged behind the Bangladeshis.

Four decades earlier, many African and Asian countries lagged behind Pakistan in socio-economic indicators of development. While Pakistan has been embracing religiously-inspired militancy and conservatism since the mid-70s, others pursued liberal policies for higher education and free market economy.

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