Article Warning of ‘Ethnic Transformation in The UK’ Stirs Anger

Published September 1st, 2021 - 07:56 GMT
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A group of students leaving their school near Southbank, London, UK in 2018. (Shutterstock: Amani A)

Amid preparations for a new wave of refugees arriving in the UK and other western countries from Afghanistan, an opinion article published at the weekly British magazine The Spectator prompted angry reactions online.

The article titled "Would you want London to be overrun with Americans like me?" by American writer and journalist Lionel Shriver argued that the growing number of babies born in the UK to at least one foreign parent suggests that the country is going to experience a major "ethnic transformation" in a few decades.

"Unsurprisingly, then, a third of British school children are already from ethnic minorities; in 20 years, ethnic-minority children will constitute more than half the students in state schools." - Lionel Shriver

Shriver cites the approaching arrival of almost 20,000 Afghans as the fact that reminded her of the changes that are already taking place in British society.

The article continues to mention stats pointing at the rapid rate of births amongst mixed families saying that "More than a third of UK births now involve at least one foreign-born parent; in parts of London, 80 percent of births are to foreign-born mothers."

In response to the article, online people strongly attacked its content and accused its writer of "racism", highlighting that such facts are often only mentioned to warn of the non-European migrants". 

Some social media users reminded each other of the fact that the Queen of England married a Danish who was born in Greece, "making several leading members of the royal family children of a foreign parent".

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