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Sikhs fighting for ethnic tick-box in UK

"Anyone who chooses to identify as being of Sikh ethnicity in this census will be able to by using the write-in opt...

The Sikh Federation UK (SFUK) is celebrating a "victory in its campaign to get a Sikh ethnic tick-box added to the 2021 UK census after Scottish ministers agreed to put a prompt for Sikhs in the "other" part of the ethnicity response options. They also assured to "monitor Sikhs as an ethnic group as well as religion" going forwards...

...On May 7, the Census (Scotland) Regulation 2020 was laid in the Scottish Parliament which included a prompt for Sikhs and Jews in the "Other" response option to the question "What is your ethnic group?".

"At the top there is a choice of White, Mixed, Asian, African, Caribbean and Other. Sikh is not within Asian, it is coming under Other," said Dabinderjit Singh OBE, principle adviser to the SFUK. 

The Federation's tick-box campaign got a further boost in a letter dated June 24 from Scotland's economy secretary Fiona Hyslop. The letter, which TOI has seen, states she will now "work with the Sikh Federation (UK) to ensure public bodies in Scotland monitor Sikhs as an ethnic group, as well as a religion".

In the past public bodies have only followed the Census categories for ethnic data collection. "The only reason we wanted a Sikh ethnic tick-box was to force Scotland to monitor Sikhs," explained Singh. "We feel we have won the war in Scotland and do not feel there is any point in continuing legal action in the court of session."...

...A Cabinet Office spokesperson said: "Anyone who chooses to identify as being of Sikh ethnicity in this census will be able to by using the write-in option and the search-as-you type function online." 
 

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