UK: Most Muslims live in the areas of England and Wales with the most deprivation, according to figures released by the UK Office for National Statistics on Wednesday.
According to the most recent ONS census, there will be 3.9 million Muslims living in England and Wales by 2021, or 6.5 per cent of the country's population. Yet, according to the data, 61% of them live in areas with the lowest deprivation scores, as reported by The Guardian.
2011 saw the highest proportion of Muslims in England and Wales in Tower Hamlets, one of the most deprived areas. As of the 2021 census, they now represent 39.9% of the local population. Only 4% of Muslims live in the 20% of areas with the least deprivation.
The "cycle of poverty" that has affected generations of British Muslims - whose numbers have risen by 1.2 million in the past ten years - has urged policy makers.
Zara Mohammed, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, told The Guardian: "We are now the second or third generation (of Muslims).
“Here we are more, but we are still trapped in these cycles of filth and poverty. I believe some of it is due to the socioeconomic conditions in which people live and the job opportunities available. Our politics and What the policies actually do to help those who are suffering should be considered.
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Although there are many myths and stereotypes about Muslims, the truth is that many are trapped in a cycle of poverty. And they should be destroyed.
According to Sufia Alam, who oversees the Maryam Center and Programs at the East London Mosque in Tower Hamlets and has worked there for nearly three decades, the borough is one of the poorest in both London and the country as a whole.
Canary Wharf is right outside our door, despite the fact that it is a city of rich and poor.
"[The census figures] are not surprising because of a number of factors we've often discussed: Islamophobia, existing cultural biases, and racism within institutions from education to employment.
“I remember a discussion on this very topic in the 2011 census. In fact, nothing has changed.