The Economist, has a story in its most recent issue about how British Asians (mostly Indians and Pakistanis) are fleeing from their traditional strongholds of Southhall and Wembley to other places in and around London. The reason for their flight from their traditional bases in UK is because of serious influx of new immigrants, who are a mixed group of Afghans, Somalis, Kosovans and east Europeans.
bq. Southall’s Punjabis are heading to Hayes, on the western fringe of London, and to towns in the Thames valley. In Wembley, estate agents report an accelerating drift of middle-class Indians to more distant leafy suburbs like Harrow, Stanmore and Bushey. Were Asians to head in other directions, they would run into the people who left London specifically in order to get away from them. For that reason, much of Essex is out; so is Broxbourne, a Hertfordshire settlement just north of the capital that voted overwhelmingly for the British National Party in a 2002 local election.
What I find fascinating about this whole thing is that not a single newspaper carried a report on this phenom. Shocking, really, given that most Indian dailies have correspondents in UK.
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I’ve got to go to the UK sometime soon. I’ve been told the indian proliferance there is staggering. (And that curry is like a national food).
I imagine it to be a lot like Fremont (or Sunnyvale) but a lot colder.
it is much much colder. enjoy the trip and eat some jalebi
I don’t live far from Southall. It is a place to be avoided, trust me, it’s a ghetto.
Im an architect/urbanist from india, planning to come to the Uk in July looking for work on a working holiday. Can someone suggest some affordable places to put up..in and around London.
I am Indian and looking out for a job as an administrator.Can someone plzz help..
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