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Size of Diaspora
An editor has today inflated the size of the British diaspora to 178 million, without updating sources. I would simply revert this, but checking the sources, I am not convinced about the number it should be reverted to. The figure is found in the infobox with one source and in the main with a second source. Neither source checks out. The infobox source leads to the book, Britannia's Children: Emigration from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland Since 1600 (no page number). This source says:
"Twenty-five million emigrants left the British Isles in the four hundred years after 1600, mainly travelling to America or to parts of the British Empire around the world."
Yet that does not support a 25 million figure for diaspora, because many of those have died, and perhaps we should include also their descendants, at least when those descendants were deemed British citizens, and perhaps more loosely. A failure to define terms makes an exact figure tricky, but in any case, I find no such figure in the source.
The source in the main is to:Encyclopedia of Diasporas: Immigrant and Refugee Cultures Around the World. Again no page numbers are given, but I find a long discussion of numbers, summed up in this conclusion on page 55:
At the end of the 1980s about 3,200,000 British people resided overseas compared with almost 60 million in the United Kingdom. [...] This is the main extent of the remaining British disapora, defined narrowly in terms of first-generation emigrants. A more generous and encompassing definition of the diaspora would, of course, gather in all the descendents of the emigrants who, over four centuries, claimed antecedents in the British Isles.
So, what number should we put here? The unsourced ones cannot stand. If the editor who added 178 million has a source, please can they put it here for discussion. Failing that, the options are to change the number to 3 million per the second source, or else to delete it altogether. The text in the main could be expanded to give a narrative rather than a figure. Thoughts, please? -- Sirfurboy🏄 (talk) 17:05, 28 February 2020 (UTC)