Asian British people also referred to as British Asians or Asian Britons  are a multi-ethnic group of UK residents who identify as and are perceived to be Asian people. They constitute a significant and growing minority of the people living in the United Kingdom, with 6. This represented a national demographic increase from a 4. Represented predominantly by South Asian ethnic groups , census data regarding birthplace and ethnicity demonstrate around a million Asian British people derive their ancestry between East Asia , Southeast Asia , Central Asia and West Asia. There is a long history of migration to the United Kingdom and its predecessor states from across the Asian continent. British colonies and protectorates throughout Asia brought lascar sailors and militiamen to port cities in Britain.
Family Practices in South Asian Muslim Families
Family Life in the UK
South Asian migrants to the UK after come from different countries and for different reasons - to escape civil war , to seek better economic opportunities and to join family members already settled here. The ties between the British and the Punjab region of India go back a long way. From onwards many Punjabis served in the British army. Sikh soldiers who served in elite regiments, were often sent to other colonies of the British Empire, and saw active service in both world wars. There is a memorial in Sussex which honours the Sikh soldiers who died in WW1. It was primarily men from middle-ranking peasant families in Punjab, particularly those who had been previously employed in the colonial army or the police force and their relatives, who took up this opportunity. These Punjabi migrants found work in the manufacturing, textile and the service sectors, including a significant number at Heathrow Airport in West London.
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Jump to main content. Relatively little is known about parenting and family life in minority ethnic communities. As British society becomes increasingly multi-ethnic, comprising diverse religious and cultural traditions, it is important to develop an adequate understanding of the needs and concerns of racially and ethnically differing groups. Parenting has increasingly become the focus for policy and academic debate. The racial and cultural heterogeneity of British society also invites considerable attention to many aspects of the lives of minority ethnic families.