Forget about Punjabi, Arabic, French or Chinese, it is Polish that became England’s second language.
New data from 2011 census released by the Office of National Statistics, reveals that the number of people in England and Wales that speak Polish exceeds 500,000. The next in line are Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali and Gujarati, followed by Arabic, French, Chinese and Portuguese. The data also indicated that around one million households (four million people) speak, among them 1.7 million said they could speak English very well, 726,000 could speak but not that well and 138,000 could not speak English at all…
The rise of the Polish language in England is explained by the great number of Eastern-European immigrants, which over a million of then came to England in the last decade.
The full list of main languages spoken in England and Wales, as brought to us by The Independent, is:
#1. English (English or Welsh if in Wales) 49,808,000 or 92.3% of the population
#2. Polish 546,000 or 1%
#3. Punjabi 273,000 or 0.5%
#4. Urdu 269,000 or 0.5%
#5. Bengali (with Sylheti and Chatgaya) 221,000 or 0.4%
#6. Gujarati 213,000 or 0.4%
#7. Arabic 159,000 or 0.3%
#8. French 147,000 or 0.3%
#9. All other Chinese (excludes Mandarin and Cantonese) 141,000 or 0.3%
#10 – #16 are Portuguese, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish, Italian, Somali and Lithuanian with 0.2% each.
#17 – #20 are German, Persian / Farsi, Tagalog / Filipino and Romanian 68,000 with 0.1% each.