Kurds in the United Kingdom
|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|
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. They have settled across the country including in major cities such as London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow.
Kurdish people first arrived to Britain in large numbers during the 1980s, mostly from the disputed territories of Kurdistan (Iraq, Turkey, Iran, Armenia and Syria), fleeing the suppression of their language and culture.
Notable Britons of Kurdish descent
- Caucher Birkar, mathematician and professor at University of Cambridge
- Dlawer Ala'Aldeen, professor of Clinical Microbiology and head of the Molecular Bacteriology and Immunology Group at University of Nottingham
- Nadhim Zahawi, the first British-Kurdish Member of the British Parliament
- Shwan Jalal, footballer
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- Kurdish Studies and Students Organisations
- London Kurdish Film Festival
- Western Kurdistan Association - Hammersmith
- Kurdish Exile Association - Camden
- Greenwich Kurdish Community Association
- Kurdish Women’s Rights Watch