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July 18, 2016 -- For the first time in history there are over 3-million Muslims in the United Kingdom. That number has doubled from about 1.5-million in the past decade. reports about half of Britain's Muslims were born outside the nation. In some parts of the country about half of the population is Muslim. 

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The largest Islamic demographic is comprised of children; more Muslims are under ten years old than any other age group. 

Although 1 in 20 people in Britain are Muslims, there is no indication that the Islamic population is assimilating. 

The character of the nation is changing forever. That's not surprising. Gypsies have retained their cultural identity throughout Europe for hundreds of years as have many traditional Jews. Ethnic groups frequently do not assimilate with native populations. When Europeans arrived in the Americas, they did not adopt Indian culture but flourished as Europeans. Muslims are doing the same in Britain.

The rapid growth of the Muslim population of England and Wales is revealed in unprecedented depth by the new ONS figures.

In 1991 it stood at just under one million – 950,000 – representing only 1.9 per cent of the total. At the time of the next Census a decade later, there were 1,546,626 Muslims in the country – three per cent of the total.

But by 2011, the Muslim population of England and Wales was 2,706,066 – representing 4.8 per cent of the overall number. As the ONS noted, this represented a 75 per cent jump in the space of a decade.

New figures published for the first time this month show that the rise has continued, with a record 3,046,607 Muslims across England and Wales in 2014 – representing 5.4 per cent of the population.

Across Great Britain, the total rises to 3,114,992, and of those slightly more than half (1,554,022) were born overseas.

The vast majority – 1,484,060 – came from outside the European Union. A detailed breakdown obtained by this newspaper shows that Muslims are much younger than the general population. One in four Muslims in England and Wales – 746,000 – is aged under ten. In the whole country, the proportion is about one in seven.

The ONS has also identified eight areas around the country where Muslims make up a significant number of local residents.

In the East London borough of Tower Hamlets the proportion stood at 45.6 per cent in 2014, while in neighbouring Newham it is 40.8.

Muslims account for 29 per cent of the population in Blackburn; 26 per cent in Slough; 25.7 per cent in Luton; 23 per cent in Birmingham; 20 per cent in Leicester; and 18 per cent in Manchester.

The Muslim population will rise further as a result of the unprecedented surge in refugees from Middle Eastern and North African countries trying to reach Western Europe in the past year.

A record 5,095 asylum applications were made to the UK in October 2015, latest figures show, with one in ten made by Syrians.

Ministers are under pressure to accept thousands of lone children into the country from the squalid camps in France, but are instead only offering to take those still near the areas ravaged by civil war and Islamic State.

As of April, police will be required to make detailed records of Islamophobic attacks amid concerns that the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes is on the rise in the wake of terrorist attacks by Islamic State.

A spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain said: ‘This statistic highlights the diversity in modern Britain, and the need that this is reflected in all spheres of life, from top management opportunities to political representation.’

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