General Article Why do non-white Brits feel that little bit more British?

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Ethnic minorities living in Britain identify more strongly with ‘Britishness’ than do their white counterparts, The Times reports this weekend (£, paywall), as it previews a huge 40,000 strong Understanding Society survey from the Institute for Social and Economic Research and the Institute for Education.

The newspaper notes that the results ‘fly in the face of suggestions that ethnic groups are unable or unwilling to integrate’.

Asked ‘how important is being British to you?’ the average scores by ethnicity on a 0-10 scale were as follows:

Pakistani (7.76), Bangladeshi (7.75), Indian (7.68), Black African (7.64), Middle Eastern (7.48), Other (7.03), Chinese (6.90), Caribbean (6.89), Mixed race (6.78), White (6.58).

The research also finds that people in Wales have a slightly stronger sense of Britishness than the English, while there is a weaker British identity in Scotland – with an average score of 6.3

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