Sikhs may get ethnicity status in census

The 2021 census appears set to list Sikhism as a distinct ethnicity rather than only as a religion, after more than 100 ...

The 2021 census appears set to list Sikhism as a distinct ethnicity rather than only as a religion, after more than 100 temples backed the move.

In the most recent census in 2011, more than 83,000 Sikhs refused to tick any of the choices in the question on ethnicity, rejecting options such as Indian in order to write “Sikh” in the space for “any other ethnic group”.

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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is considering the inclusion of Sikhism as an ethnicity on the 2021 form, but has not yet made any decision. It had raised concerns over the issue of “public acceptability” and whether the move would have backing across Britain’s 430,000-strong Sikh community.

The all-party parliamentary group for British Sikhs offered to write…

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