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Mayor supports Sikhs as ethnic group

Satnam Rana

BBC Midlands Today

West Midlands Metropolitan Mayor Andy Street says it is "absolutely right" that Sikhs be acknowledged as an ethnic group.

About a third of Britain’s Sikhs live in the West Midlands - about 134,000 people - and campaigners say the community wants to be properly represented as an ethnic group on the census.

Jatinder Singh
BBC

Sikhism is a faith, but Jatinder Singh, president of the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Smethwick, says he sees Sikhs as a "separate race".

He said: "We look different, the culture is different, the language is different, the way of life is different."

Mr Street said he hoped the government would support the campaign, saying it was a "piece of simple logic" that Sikhs should be able to identify as an ethnic group.

You can watch the full report on Sunday Politics West Midlands.

Sikhs bid for ethnicity status in census

Satnam Rana

BBC Midlands Today

Campaigners from a religious group are calling on the government to review how they are identified on the next census, due in 2021.

Sikhs
BBC

Currently, most Sikhs in the West Midlands identify as "Indian" but campaigners say they need to be identified as an ethnicity in order to be seen and heard by public and community organisations.

The group, including the Sikh Federation UK and supported by Birmingham Edgbaston MP Preet Gill, say there should be a separate box to tick on the census form.

You can see more on this story on Sunday Politics in the West Midlands on Sunday at 11:00 on BBC One.