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JPR at the House of Lords

JPR at the House of Lords

Yet, Boyd argued, it is very important to understand why this has happened. Referring to JPR’s recent report, Strictly Orthodox rising: What the demography of British Jews tells us about the future of the community, he said: “The reason why British Jewry is growing is because of fertility rates in the haredi community… Haredi fertility rates are 7.0; that is to say, on average, every haredi woman has seven children. By contrast, non-haredi Jewish women have a fertility rate of 1.98, below replacement level of 2.1. So whilst the story of decline continues to hold among the non-haredi part of the British Jewish population, it is being offset by a dramatic story of growth in the haredi sector, which is now significant enough to reverse the overall picture.”

Boyd maintained that a second narrative, the story of “antisemitic peril,” is also somewhat challenged by existing data. This narrative maintains that Britain is becoming an increasingly dangerous place for Jews to live, and that calls to leave the country should be taken seriously. Yet drawing on JPR’s recently published study, Could it happen here? What existing data tell us about antisemitism in the UK, Boyd demonstrated that the UK remains one of the least antisemitic countries in the world, that the number of people holding dangerously antipathetic views towards Jews constitutes a very small proportion of the whole, and that there is no evidence to indicate the Jews are leaving the UK in significantly increased numbers.

16 Mar 2016 - JPR at the House of Lords

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