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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 2:06 pm 
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Apologies for posting a BBC link but they have the most data included in their report:

[i][i]Most people living in Scotland describe their national identity as being "Scottish only", according to the latest census figures.

Data released from the 2011 census showed 62% described themselves as "Scottish only", while 18% said they were "Scottish and British".

The results also showed Scotland was becoming more ethnically diverse.

In 2011, 4% of Scotland's population was from ethnic minority groups, up from 2% in 2001.

The 2011 census was the first to include a question on national identity.

Voters living in Scotland will take part in a referendum on independence on 18 September 2014. It will ask the single yes/no question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?".

In total, 83% of the country's population felt some Scottish identity, according to the census.

In Wales in 2011, the census recorded 66% of the population as considering themselves either Welsh only or in combination with anther identity.

In England the equivalent figure was 70% and in Northern Ireland 21% thought themselves as being Northern Irish.


In Scotland, 2% said they felt English only, and another 2% felt they had some other combination of UK identities excluding Scottish.

The census showed the proportion of the Scottish population born in Scotland was 83%, with 9% born in England, 0.7% in Northern Ireland and 0.3% in Wales.
Ethnic minorities

Of those not born in the UK, 15% were born in Poland, 6% in India and a further 6% in the Republic of Ireland.

The figures indicated that most Scots from ethnic minorities were Asian, making up 3% of the Scottish population.

People from ethnic minorities made up 12% of the population in Glasgow, 8% of the population in Edinburgh and Aberdeen, and 6% of the population in Dundee.

The ethnic group "white Polish" was recorded by 1.2% of the population.

A total of 54% of the population stated their religion as Christian. That was a fall of 11% from 2001.

There was an increase of 9% in those saying they had no religion - a total of 37%.

Within the Christian denominations, 32% said they belonged to the Church of Scotland - a decline of 10%.
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The proportion stating they were Roman Catholic remained steady at 16%.

Muslims were recorded as 1.4% of the population, with Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs together making up 0.7%.

There was a slight decline in the number of Jewish people to just under 6,000.

The proportion of adults in Scotland who are married was 45%. This was 5% lower than in 2001.

There was a 5% increase in the number of adults who have never married to 35%.

There were 7,000 people, 0.2% of adults, who said they were in a registered same-sex civil partnership.

Registrar General for Scotland Tim Ellis said: "These latest results paint a detailed picture of Scottish society and it's a more multi-cultural picture than we have seen before.

"There is more ethnic and religious diversity. We have more people living in all areas of Scotland who were born outside of the UK than ever before and we are using an increasing number of languages."
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I wonder if the ethnic make-up will have any impact on the results next year? I have met a few Asians and Polish who are very receptive to the SNP this side of the river when I've been out littering peoples letterboxes, but apparently the Asian business community are heavily entrenched with Scottish Labour. You canni draw much from the "Scottish only" choice to be fair as it will include a fair chunk of unionists, undecided and those who believe the farcical economic arguments of the Westminster mob, the ones who may have Nationalist sympathies but will vote for whoever claims to make them £50 better off.

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Any thoughts?


Well, here are the other parts -

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In Wales in 2011, the census recorded 66% of the population as considering themselves either Welsh only or in combination with another identity.

In England the equivalent figure was 70% and in Northern Ireland 21% thought themselves as being Northern Irish. [Ever dawned on them that a higher figure might just consider themselves Irish there?! - SR]

In Scotland, 2% said they felt English only, and another 2% felt they had some other combination of UK identities excluding Scottish.

The census showed the proportion of the Scottish population born in Scotland was 83%, with 9% born in England, 0.7% in Northern Ireland and 0.3% in Wales. [England far outstrips anywhere else in UK, but 6% of people in Scotland are born in Ireland, and 6% are Indian.]

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I wonder if the ethnic make-up will have any impact on the results next year?


The main problem is understanding of Scottish issues, but I tend to find that when immigrants do come to understand them they are usually very sympathetic. I had less trouble putting up political posters in Asian businesses years ago than white ones. Funny that.

So, with anyone of "colour" (hate that expression!), there's a matter of education. For what it's worth, the Yes Scotland stall at the Edinburgh Mela was VERY well received. More so than the BT one.

The English in Scotland are an unknown quantity, with some firmly supporting yes, and some vehemently opposed. As for Irish and Welsh, folk from Protestant Irish backgrounds seem to be more hostile to yes, and other Irish and Welsh folk seem to be slightly more inclined towards Yes.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-h ... s-24281487

(Typical that they list this under bloody Highlands and Islands when it applies to entire country and many Gaelic speakers live in the Lowlands!!!)

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A decline in the overall number of Gaelic speakers in Scotland has "slowed", according to the latest results from the 2011 Census.

The previous Census results recorded an 11% drop in speakers, while the new figures suggest a 1.2% fall from 59,000 to 58,000.

The latest results also show a 0.1% increase in Gaelic speakers aged under 20.

The Scottish government said the results were encouraging.

The results also include detail on what languages are used in Scottish homes.

They suggest that 93% of people aged three and over reported that they used only English at home. About 1.5 million people reported that they regularly spoke Scots. [I'm sceptical of this figure - suspect it could be higher, but less so in the Central Belt]


Could this be anything to do with less hostility and more visibility of Gaidhlig? 11% drop to 1% drop in one decade? Go figure.

Oh, and more people speak Gaidhlig than either Polish or sign language in Scotland. Two myths busted.

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