Czechs in the United Kingdom

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Czechs in the United Kingdom
Tom Stoppard 1.jpg
Notable Czech Britons: Jan Pinkava, Tom Stoppard
Total population
Czech-born residents
12,220 (2001 Census)
24,000 (2009 ONS estimate)
Regions with significant populations
Greater London and South East England
British English, Czech Language, Czenglish
Agnosticism · Roman Catholicism · Others.
Related ethnic groups
Czech people • White Other

Czechs in the United Kingdom refers to the phenomenon of Czech people migrating to the United Kingdom from the Czech Republic or from the political entities that preceded it, such as Czechoslovakia. There is a substantial number of people in the UK who were either born in the Czech lands or have Czech ancestry.


The 2001 UK Census recorded 12,220 Czech-born people resident in the UK.[1] With the accession of the Czech Republic to the European Union in May 2004, Czechs gained the right to live and work elsewhere in the EU, and substantial numbers moved to the UK for work, although there has been substantial return migration.[2] The Office for National Statistics estimates that, as of October 2010 to September 2011, 24,000 to 40,000 Czech-born people were living in the UK.[3]

Notable people with Czech links[edit]

Bold indicates a non-citizen immigrant and normal text indicates a British citizen with Czech ancestry.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Country-of-birth database". Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  2. ^ Pollard, Naomi; Latorre, Maria; Sriskandarajah, Dhananjayan (April 2008). "Floodgates or turnstiles? Post-EU enlargement migration to (and from) the UK". Institute for Public Policy Research. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  3. ^ "Estimated population resident in the United Kingdom, by foreign country of birth (Table 1.3)". Office for National Statistics. 12 May 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 

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