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Dr Javier Sajuria, Londoners identify as citizens of city first before 'British', 'English' or 'European'


A study by QMUL researchers found that Londoners see themselves as citizens of the city they live in more than as English, British or European. Of the 1,044 adults surveyed in a YouGov poll, 46 per cent said “Londoner” was their primary identity. A quarter felt themselves most to be European. Only 17 per cent said British, and just 12 per cent felt English most of all. Dr Javier Sajuria from QMUL’s Mile End Institute, said: “London is a place of amazingly diverse communities, but a strong sense of belonging to the city is something that most Londoners have in common, regardless of age, class or political views.”
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