This chapter focuses on how numbers have misleadingly become central to fears and forecasts of the state of ethnic relations. It notes that race and statistics are a potent mix and evidence expressed as numbers is central to claims about immigration, race relations, and integration. It also aims to set the record straight on current claims about Britain's ‘immigration burden’, about the level of racial or ethnic segregation, and about minority ethnic groups' willingness to integrate. It notes that racial statistics may have developed historically in response to assumptions about the superiority of white European elite, but it does not believe that interpretations of race statistics have to be based in elitism.
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