- There are more than one million people in the UK of Pakistani ancestry.
- It is the second largest overseas Pakistani population after Saudi Arabia
- The West Midlands is home to 172,000 people of Pakistani ancestry, more than any other British region.
- There are an estimated 163,000 in London, 163,000 in the Yorkshire area and 133,000 in the North West of England.
- At least 3.7 per cent of children born in England and Wales in 2005 had two Pakistani parents.
- It is estimated that by 2031 there will be at least 2.63 million people of Pakistani ancestry in the UK.
- The most diverse Pakistani population is in London and is made up of Punjabis, Pathans, Urdu Speakers, Mirpuris and Sindhis.
- The largest presence in the capital is in the East London areas of Ilford, Walthamstow, Leyton, Barking and Newham.
- A significant number of Pakistanis have set up their own businesses, often employing family members.
- Well-known British Pakistanis include Anwar Pervez, whose Bestway group has a turnover of £2 billion.
- Birmingham has one of the largest Pakistani ex-patriate communities in the world.
- There are at least 110,000 Pakistanis there, amounting to 11 per cent of the city's population.
- Bradford is home to an estimated 77,000 Pakistanis making up 15.6 per cent of the city's population.
- More than 90 per cent of Pakistanis in the UK are Muslims, mainly Sunni.
Reading these facts made me smile. It seems there are quite a lot of us!
Hmm, now to get those millions of Pakistanis to become family historians and trace their roots...