In England and Wales, almost one in every ten children under the age of five is a Muslim, a recent analysis of census figures shows.
According to a recent breakdown of the 2011 census provided by the Office for National Statistics, out of 3.5 million children aged 0-4 in Wales and England, about 320,000 were Muslim. The figures reveal that nine percent of children under the age of five in the UK are Muslim. This is while the total number of Muslims in the UK amounts to nearly five percent. Oxford University demographics professor David Coleman said the figures were “startling.” “We have had substantial immigration of Muslims for a long time,” he said. “Continuing immigration from Pakistan, Bangladesh and India has been added to by new immigration from African countries and from the Middle East.” The British Department for Education has listed 136 Muslim schools, with about 125 of them in the private sector. Despite a rise in the population of Muslim children in the UK, figures show that one in every 200 people over 85s are Muslim. The 2011 census in the UK showed a 13-percent drop in the Christian population of England and Wales. The figures showed there were 1.5 million children aged 0-4 in Christian families.