Walsall is a culturally diverse town where people of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi background form the largest minority ethnic groups. The number of non-UK born residents in Walsall increased by 3.7% (or 9,900 people) between the 2001 and 2011 censuses (see figure 2) and Walsall now has a small Eastern European population who make up about 1% of the area residents (2,700 people in total). In terms of children and young people aged 0-17, the proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups has increased to 37.4% of all pupils living in the area from 36.7% in 2016 and 24% Primary pupils have English as an additional language. (School Census, January 2017). As at 31st March 2017, there are eight Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children for whom we are Corporate Parents, which is lower than other West Midlands authorities.
Minority ethnic groups are highly concentrated in certain parts of the borough. Access and the appropriate provision of services depend upon a well-informed understanding of the specific needs of these different communities.