Algerians in the United Kingdom
10,670 (2001 Census figure)
Other population estimates
25,000 - 30,000 (ICAR 2005 estimate)
40,000 (Daily Telegraph 2003 estimate)
0.05% of the UK's population
|Regions with significant populations|
|Greater London, Birmingham, Manchester|
|Arabic, British English, French, Berber|
|Predominantly Sunni Islam|
According to the Information Centre about Asylum and Refugees (ICAR), the UK's Algerian population is not well known or understood by the wider community. The number of Algerians was small until the early 1990s, since when it has increased, partly as a result of the Algerian Civil War of 1991 to 2002. However, the population remains small in comparison with other, more well-established refugee groups. ICAR also argue that "there is little sense of a unified 'community'" of Algerians in the UK and that there is some degree of mutual suspicion amongst British Algerians.
According to the 2001 UK Census there were 10,670 Algerian born people residing in the country, which constituted the sixth largest Arab immigrant group and the seventy fourth largest overall immigrant group. Recent estimates for the number of Algerians in the UK including their British-born descendants vary, The Guardian has put the figure at 40,000 (the same source also believes that many entered the country illegally on fake Spanish and French passports), whilst ICAR estimates between 25,000 and 30,000 ethnic Algerians in the UK. The UK is home to the fourth largest overseas Algerian population, behind the huge community in France and slightly behind the Algerian populations in Spain and Canada.
Most Algerians in the UK can be found in the Greater London area - in particular Walthamstow, Edgware, Leyton and Finsbury Park (the latter of which has come to be commonly known as 'Little Algiers'). Besides the British capital, significant communities of Algerians reside in Glasgow, Sheffield, Birmingham, Manchester, Leicester and Bournemouth.
Age and gender
An 2007 investigation by the International Organization for Migration found that the Algerian community in the UK in general was fairly young, close to half of all Algerians in the UK were projected to be under 40 years old. As already explained, the Algerian community in the UK is a fairly small but fast emmerging ethnic group. The same IOM investigation suggested that out of all the Algerians living in the UK 20% of them were registered in the 1991 UK Census and a further 30% in 2001 UK Census - with the remaining 50% having come during the first decade of the 21st century. In terms of gender, the 2001 census showed that 71% of Algerians in the UK were male, whilst recent estimates have suggested the imbalance between males and females could be even greater. This is thought to be down to the fact that men without documents are more likely to reach the UK than women without documents.
Algeria is a significant source of asylum seekers to the UK, most of these are law-abiding and peaceful citizens however over recent years numerous Algerian individuals residing in the UK have come to public attention largely due to their extremist views. Algeria is by far the largest source of applications for asylum from Arab North Africa to the UK and alongside Somalia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria and Sierra Leone as the African countries with the highest number of individuals applying for and receiving asylum rights in the UK. Below is a table showing the number of Algerians who applied for asylum in the UK compared to the number who actually gained it (1998–2007).
Below is a table showing how many Algerians were granted British citizenship and the right of abode (1998–2007).
|Persons granted citizenship||332||376||629||705||1,345||1,145||1,255||1,485||1,015||1,170|
- Tarik O'Regan, British composer
- Cy Curnin, British singer/songwriter and musician
- Simone Lahbib, Scottish actress
- Karim Kerbouche, Ice hockey player
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- ICAR Algerians in the UK
- Algerian Consulate in London
- BBC London's Algerian Connection