Kurds in the United Kingdom

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Kurds in the United Kingdom
Total population

49,921 - 250,000 (2011 census)[1][2][3][4]

Regions with significant populations
London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow
British English, Kurdish, Turkish, Arabic, Persian
Islam (majority Sunni, minority Alevi), Yazidi, , Zoroastrian, and a significant number of Yarsan, Shabak, Kurdish Jews and Kurdish Christians
Related ethnic groups
Iranian people

Kurds in the United Kingdom may refer to people born in or residing in the United Kingdom of Kurdish origin.

According to the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Kurdish community in the UK is about 50,000, among which Iraqi Kurds make up the largest group, exceeding the numbers from Turkey and Iran.[5] They have settled across the country including in major cities such as London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow.[6][7]

Kurdish people first arrived to Britain in large numbers during the 1980s,[8] mostly from the disputed territories of Kurdistan (Iraq, Turkey, Iran, Armenia and Syria), fleeing the suppression of their language and culture.[9]

Notable Britons of Kurdish descent[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11325134
  2. ^ a b c "QS211EW - Ethnic group (detailed)". nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Ethnic Group - Full Detail_QS201NI". Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Scotland's Census 2011 - National Records of Scotland, Language used at home other than English (detailed)" (PDF). Scotland Census. Scotland Census. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Communities and Local Government (2009), The Iraqi Muslim Community in England: Understanding Muslim Ethnic Communities, Communities and Local Government, p. 35, ISBN 978-1-4098-1263-0 
  6. ^ "Kurdish culture in the UK". Kurdish Human Rights Project. January 2006. Retrieved 17 December 2009. [dead link]
  7. ^ Dissanayake, Samanthi (2008-12-09). "UK Kurds fight separate battles". BBC News. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  8. ^ "To whom do I turn when I am invisible?: The experience of Kurdish workers who have problems at work?" (PDF). London Metropolitan University. Retrieved 4 December 2009. 
  9. ^ "Recording Kurdish history in London". Untold London. 9 March 2006. Retrieved 29 December 2008. 

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