Background information (setting)

The setting of the novel was in Leicester, England at the beginning. Below are some facts related to Leicester.

  • Population of 279,921 (2001)
  • Approximately 62,000 aged under 16
  • Approximately 199,000 were aged 16-74
    • Approximately 38.5% had no academic qualification
    • Significantly higher than 28.9% in all England
  • Approximately 19,000 aged 75 and over
  • Ratio between female and male
    • 100 : 92.9
  • Approximately 23.0% of residents were born outside England
    • Immigrants
    • More than double than the English average 9.2%
  • Ethnic Composition (2001)
    • 50.6% White
    • 37.1% Asian
    • 3.5% Mixed Race
    • 1.0% Arab
    • 1.6% other ethnic heritage
  • Religion (2001)
    • Christianity (32.4%)
    • Muslim (18.6%)
    • Hindus (15.2%)
    • Sikhs (4.4%)
    • Buddhists (0.4%)
    • Jews (0.1%)
    • Other Religion (0.6%)
    • No Religion (22.8%)
  • Language
    • In addition to English, around 70 languages are spoken in the city, including dialects
    • In addition to English, common languages
      • Gujarati (Indo-Aryan language) 16%
      • Punjabi  3%
      • Somali  4%
      • Urdu  2%

All the facts above had suggested that Leicester is a complex region and it is not fully developed compare to other cities in England. These facts also suggested the potential barriers between different ethnicities and religions.

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