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Total population
86,000 (2011 Census)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Greater Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee
Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism
Related ethnic groups
British Asian

Asian-Scots or Scottish Asians is a term used for people of South Asian ancestry who were born and/or raised in Scotland. Their parents or grandparents are normally South Asia immigrants. Many of them are academics, doctors, business owners and/or engineers.

In British usage, the term does not include East Asians, who are known by their respective national origins (e.g. Chinese, Japanese, Malaysians and others) or under the umbrella term "Oriental". It also does not include western Asians, such as Turks.


Map of Glasgow, coloured according to % of residents stated as Asian in the 2011 UK Census.
Historical Asian-Scottish population
Year Pop. ±%
1991 32,000 —    
2001 49,000 +53.1%
2011 86,000 +75.5%
  • Figures based on respective censuses[2][1]

Scotland's South Asian population of more than 90,000 is mostly from Indian and Pakistani background. The majority are adherents of the Hindu, Sikh and Islamic faiths and are concentrated around urban areas, such as Greater Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee. However, there are Asian communities in places as small as Stornoway and as far north as Aberdeen.[3]

Notable Scottish Asians[edit]

Popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]