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Ethnic Minority Population 'To Double By 2050'
The proportion of UK citizens from ethnic minority communities is set to double over the next 35 years, a report by think-tank Policy Exchange has found.
The report claims black and minority ethnic communities will make up almost a third of the UK population by 2050.
Currently eight million people, or 14% of the UK population, are from ethnic minority groups.
The report said that figure has doubled in the last decade alone and accounts for 80% of the UK's population growth.
The majority of non-white Britons identify themselves as "British only", it said.
The right-leaning think-tank used the report, In A Portrait Of Modern Britain, to highlight the growing importance of ethnic minority voters in the future.
It said the UK's five largest minority groups have "clear and meaningful" differences in experiences, traditions and attitudes, which policymakers have so far failed to address.
It warned politicians must start appealing to the differing views and concerns of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Black African and Black Caribbean ethnic groups over the coming years.
Rishi Sunak, report co-author and head of Policy Exchange's BME Research Unit, said: "These communities will continue to become an ever more significant part of Britain, especially in future elections.
"However, as our research demonstrates, ethnic minorities are not one homogeneous political group.
"From education to employment, housing to trust in the police, politicians from all parties must understand the different issues affecting individual communities."
Voting intention was found to be one of the few shared traits between the different groups.
The report said ethnic minority communities overwhelmingly identified with and voted for the Labour Party, with 68% having voted for Gordon Brown's party at the 2010 General Election.
That compared with just 16% for the Conservatives and 14% for the Liberal Democrats.
Last month Conservative MP Adam Afriyie warned the party would struggle to increase its voter base among ethnic minorities in time for the next election.
He said even if Prime Minister David Cameron adapted his policies and "does everything perfectly" in the run-up to the 2015 General Election, the party would not be able to make significant gains.