British Tamil

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British Tamil
"பிரித்தானியத் தமிழர்"
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Total population
150,000 (2008 estimate)
Regions with significant populations
London · English Midlands
British English · Tamil language
Hinduism · Christianity · Islam
Related ethnic groups
Tamil people · British Asian

British Tamils (Tamil: பிரித்தானியத் தமிழர்) are British people of Tamil people origin. Community estimates suggest that 150,000 Tamils lived in the United Kingdom (UK) as of 2008,[1][2] with a 2006 Human Rights Watch report putting the number of Sri Lankan Tamils in the UK at 110,000.[3] Migration of significant numbers of Tamils to the UK started with labour migrants in the 1940s. These were joined by students moving to the UK for education in the 1970s, and by refugees fleeing the Sri Lankan Civil War in the 1980s and 1990s.[1] The majority live in London, namely in Harrow, East Ham, Stonebridge, Tooting and Peckham.

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  1. ^ a b Dissanayake, Samanthi (8 December 2008). "UK Tamils polarised but powerful". BBC News. Retrieved 27 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Beeston, Richard (13 June 2008). "Stop Tamil Tigers raising money in UK, says President Rajapaksa". The Times. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Funding the 'Final War': LTTE Intimidation and Extortion in the Tamil Diaspora". Human Rights Watch. 14 March 2006. Retrieved 27 December 2009.