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LONDON IS THE MULTILINGUAL CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

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New research, to be published later this year, will reveal that almost 300 languages are currently spoken in London...
New research, to be published later this year, will reveal that almost 300 languages are currently spoken in London.

The Independent (p10) reports that London's linguistic diversity is matched by the breadth of its ethnic make-up. Figures collected by the London Research Centre show that there are 33 communities of more than 10,000 people who were born outside of England. There are a further 12 communities more than 5,000.

These groups range from those born in Ireland, who number more than 200,000 to the Mauritian community, which numbers around 14,000.

The LRC's research into London's ethnic communities found that, compared to New York, the city's different groups were not so concentrated.

'This was quite striking,' said the centre's principal officer, Marian Storkey. 'The communities are spread out. There is also massive diversity within the different communities.'

The centre does, however, recognise that there is a degree of concentration of different ethnic groups, such as the Japanese community in Totteridge and Finchley and a large concentration of people from Hong Kong in Barnet.

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