Ecuadorians in the United Kingdom

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Ecuadorians in the United Kingdom
Total population
Ecuadorian-born residents
3,035 (2001 Census figure)
Other population estimates
10,000 (The Independent 2006 estimate)
70,000 (Ecuadorian Consulate 2005 estimate)
70,000 - 90,000 (untoldLondon 2006 estimate)
Regions with significant populations
London and South East England
Languages
British English, Spanish, Spanglish and Other Languages of Ecuador
Religion
Roman Catholic, Protestantism, Mormon
Related ethnic groups
Ecuadorian people • Latin Americans in the United Kingdom • Mestizo • Amerindian • Mulatto • Spaniards in the United Kingdom • Hispanic • Latino

Ecuadorians in the United Kingdom (Spanish: Ecuatorianos en el Reino Unido) include people of Ecuadorian ancestry living in the United Kingdom, who have been born or raised in the UK. They can be either British citizens or non-citizen immigrants.

Demographics[edit]

Population and distribution[edit]

The 2001 Census recorded 3,035 Ecuadorian-born people living in the UK.[1] More recent estimates of the size of the Ecuadorian population in the UK vary. In 2006, The Independent newspaper put the figure at around 10,000.[2] Several other sources estimate the population including British-born people of Ecuadorian origin to be higher. NGO representatives and community members believe it is in the range of 30,000 to 75,000, whilst the Ecuadorian Consulate in London states around 70,000.[3] Latin American author Sofia Buchuck estimates between 70,000 and 90,000.[4] However, Ecuadorians do not feature in Office for National Statistics estimates for the top 60 foreign countries of birth in 2008, meaning that there are fewer than 20,000 Ecuadorian-born people resident in the UK.[5]

The overwhealming majority of Ecuadorians in the UK can be found in London, with the Ecuadorian Consulate estimating that 80 to 90 per cent live in the capital.[3] Lambeth, Southwark, Newham and Haringey are the most populous boroughs within Greater London.[3]

Ethnicity and religion[edit]

Ecuadorians granted British citizenship
1998 33[6]
1999 39[7]
2000 43[8]
2001 55[9]
2002 80[10]
2003 200[11]
2004 325[12]
2005 655[13]
2006 955[14]
2007 745[15]
2008 580[16]

The majority of Ecuadorian British people are mestizos of Andean origin. It is a predominantly Christian community, and is served by over 20 Latin American churches in London (with more across the UK). Comunidad Cristiana de Londres has over 5,000 largely Ecuadorian members.[3]


Number of applications by Ecuadorians for asylum in the United Kingdom (1993–2003)
(All figures are rounded to the nearest five)
Year 1993[17] 1994[17] 1995[17] 1996[17] 1997[17] 1998[17] 1999[17] 2000[17] 2001[17] 2002[18] 2003[18]
Number of applications 60 105 250 435 1,205 280 610 445 255 315 150
Number recognised as refugees 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 10 20 5
Number granted exceptional leave 0 0 <5 0 <5 10 0 20 10 10 10
Number refused asylum <5 15 35 105 740 1,000 135 650 490 290 220

Community[edit]

Culture[edit]

The cultural capital of Ecuadorians in the UK is Elephant and Castle in London where the areas main shopping centre has many Ecuadorian stalls and shops that sell Ecuadorian produce and craft work. In the same district, Ecuadorian-owned hairdressers, money transfer and community centres, clothing importers and music stores can be found. Alongside Elephant and Castle, a significant number of Ecuadorian restaurants can be found in London, most notably in Seven Sisters and on Holloway Road. The Carnaval del Pueblo, which is Europe's largest celebration of Latin American culture, has a significant input from the Ecuadorian community.[3]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Country-of-birth database". Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  2. ^ Brown, Jonathan (2006-06-22). "The little corner of London that's forever Ecuador". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  3. ^ a b c d e James, Malcolm (November 2005). "Ecuadorian identity, community and multi-cultural integration". Runnymede Trust. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
  4. ^ Sofia Buchuck. "Crossing borders: Latin American exiles in London". untoldLondon. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  5. ^ "Table 1.3: Estimated population resident in the United Kingdom, by foreign country of birth, 60 most common countries of birth, January 2008 to December 2008". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  6. ^ Chilton, Tony; Kilsby, Peter (1999-04-20). "Persons Granted British Citizenship, United Kingdom, 1998". Home Office. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  7. ^ Kilsby, Peter; McGregor, Rod (2000-06-08). "Persons Granted British Citizenship, United Kingdom, 1999". Home Office. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  8. ^ Dudley, Jill; Harvey, Paul (2001-05-31). "Persons Granted British Citizenship, United Kingdom, 2000". Home Office. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  9. ^ Dudley, Jill; Hesketh, Krystina (2002-06-27). "Persons Granted British Citizenship, United Kingdom, 2001". Home Office. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  10. ^ Dudley, Jill; Woollacott, Simon (2003-08-28). "Persons Granted British Citizenship, United Kingdom, 2002". Home Office. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  11. ^ Dudley, Jill; Woollacott, Simon (2004-05-24). "Persons Granted British Citizenship, United Kingdom, 2003". Home Office. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  12. ^ Woollacott, Simon (2005-05-17). "Persons Granted British Citizenship, United Kingdom, 2004". Home Office. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  13. ^ Freelove Mensah, John (2006-05-23). "Persons Granted British Citizenship, United Kingdom, 2005". Home Office. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  14. ^ Freelove Mensah, John (2006-05-23). "Persons Granted British Citizenship, United Kingdom, 2006". Home Office. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  15. ^ Freelove Mensah, John (2008-05-20). "Persons Granted British Citizenship, United Kingdom, 2007". Home Office. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  16. ^ Freelove Mensah, John (2008-05-20). "Persons Granted British Citizenship, United Kingdom, 2008". Home Office. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Asylum Statistics United Kingdom 2001". Home Office. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  18. ^ a b "Asylum Statistics United Kingdom 2003". Home Office. Retrieved 2010-07-28.