April 19, 2008

Observer error

Gaby Hinsliff's article in today's Observer "Ethnic middle classes join the 'white flight'" contains a factfile on migration. Here's the first fact:-
The last census in 2001 put the UK's minority ethnic population at 4.6 million, or 7.9 per cent of the total population. In 1991, it was almost 6 per cent.
Which suggests the UK's ethnic minority population grew by less than a third in the ten years to 2001. But that doesn't appear to be the case. Figures from the National Statistics Office show that, over the same period, the ethnic minority population increased by more than 50%:-
[I]n Great Britain the minority ethnic population grew by 53 per cent between 1991 and 2001, from 3.0 million in 1991 to 4.6 million in 2001.
Am I'm missing something here or has the Observer got its facts wrong?