Leicester—Civic Religion

  • Carolina Ivanescu
Part of the Religion and Global Migrations book series (RGM)


In the 1970s, newspaper advertisements advised migrants to go elsewhere as the city was already “full to the brim,” after the acceptance of more than 14,000 Asian Indian refugees, all expelled from Uganda by Idi Amin: “In your own interests and those of your family you should accept the advice of the Uganda Settlement Board and not come to Leicester, they said.” (Interview 26). Leicester was overwhelmed by its increased population and was desperately hoping to stop more massive immigration. However, by 1981, the migrant population had risen to 59,709, by 2001 to 100,000 (Open Society Institute 2010: 32; [Census 2001]), and by 2011 to roughly 118,000 (one-third of the whole population of the city, [Census 2011]). This diversity had also implications for the religious balance of the city: while in 2001, the Muslims were 13 percent of the total population of the city, by 2011 the proportion had increased to 19.6 percent (Census 2001, 2010).


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