Britain's Mixed Race Population Leaps Over One Million

The mixed-race population is among the fastest growing in Britain and is already the largest ethnic group among under-16s.

Data from the 2011 census, released tomorrow, will suggest there are now more than one million people born to parents in interracial relationships. But academics believe the true figure could be more than double this, because many of mixed-race are believed to define themselves as a single race on official forms.

Mixed race: Olympic heptathlete Jessica Ennis, 26, of Sheffield, is pictured (left with her MBE) with her fiancee Andy Hill in November 2011, while her parents Alison Powell and Vinnie Ennis are seen (right) in August 2009.

Ahhh! ... Isn't that just nice!

It coincides with a [BS] poll which suggests prejudices towards mixed-race relationships are waning.

Think-tank British Future found just 15 per cent would feel uncomfortable if their child was in an interracial relationship, compared with 40 per cent two decades ago. Among the 18 to 24 category, this fell to 5 per cent, with the younger generation claiming they would be more concerned if their child married someone from a wealthier background.