Asmeeta Bhogatia discusses demographic changes to the Belgrave area of Leicester between the 1980s and 1990s.
East Midlands Oral History Archive
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When we moved we were surrounded by quite a few white people as well…There were quite a few corner shops that white people were running during that time, so there was a mixture of white and Asians…1983 when we moved the majority of our neighbours were white. There were only a few houses where there would be Asian people. There would be random houses that would have Asians but the majority of the houses were occupied by white people. Now, if you look at the Catherine Street area I would say that there are only a few white people there left and a couple of Afro-Caribbean as far as I remember now. But the changes came just after, I would say, the 1990s. 1990s brought a lot of changes and many of the Asian people who moved after the 1990s were generally from Highfield area and Highfield became more for the Muslim area. The Muslim community started occupying Highfields so most of the Hindu people started leaving Highfields and started coming round to the Belgrave area.