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Photo @Hammond_Robin for @natgeo. Bollywood night at Gilgamesh, a night club in

Photo @Hammond_Robin for @natgeo. Bollywood night at Gilgamesh, a night club in London, hosted by ‘Raj and Pablo’ best known as DJs on BBC’s Asian Network. Their monthly parties, which mostly British Indians attend, play well known #Bollywood music. #Immigration of South Asian ethnic groups to England began with the arrival of the East India Company to the Indian subcontinent. This continued during the British Raj and increased in volume after the independence of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka from the British rule, chiefly for education and economic pursuits. A major influx of Asian immigrants, mostly Hindus and Muslims, also took place following the expulsion of Indian communities (then holders of British passports) from Uganda. The 2011 UK Census recorded 1,451,862 residents of Indian, 1,174,983 of Pakistani and 451,529 of Bangladeshi ethnicity, making a total South Asian population of 3,078,374 (4.9 per cent of the total population), excluding other Asian groups and people of mixed ethnicity. South Asians are said to contribute 6% to the UK GDP, whilst making up only 4% of the population. See my latest story for National Geographic Magazine to meet some of the immigrants who are reshaping Europe.

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