12,348 (2001 Census)
Other population estimates
50,000-80,000 of Muslim Population(ONS 2010 estimate)
|Regions with significant populations|
|London, Edinburgh, Slough, St Albans, Crawley, Trowbridge, Manchester|
|British English, Moroccan Arabic, Berber|
|Predominantly Sunni Islam, minority Christianity and Judaism|
|Related ethnic groups|
|British Arabs, Moroccan diaspora|
Mass migration from Morocco to the United Kingdom began in the 1960s, primarily consisting of migrant workers recruited to work in the hotel and catering industries. The community has grown significantly due to high birth rates as well as sponsored migration of dependents.
Population and distribution
The 2001 Census recorded 12,348 Moroccan-born people residing in the UK. One recent estimate by the Runymede Trust suggested 65,000 and 70,000 people of Moroccan origin reside in the UK. Outside of London, Trowbridge, the county town of Wiltshire, has the highest population of Moroccans in the UK.
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- Rhanem, Karima (2005-06-21), "Darija in London's Notting Hill: Moroccan community in GB struggle for recognition", Morocco Times, archived from the original on 2005-11-06, retrieved 2009-08-17
- Country-of-birth database, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, retrieved 2008-12-02
- "Backing for link to Morocco", Wiltshire Times, 2006-09-22, retrieved 2008-12-02