Azerbaijanis in the United Kingdom
6,220 (2013 ONS estimate)
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According to the Republic of Azerbaijan's state diaspora committee, Azerbaijani migration to Britain started in the late 19th century. The diaspora consists of Azerbaijanis from Azerbaijan, but also Iran, Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Central Asia and Russia.
In 2014, according to Beauchamp Estates, Azerbaijanis oligarchs were amongst the top investors in the London property market, having together with Russian, Ukraininan, Kazakhstani and Georgians purchased over £2bn of luxury residential property in London over the past two years. Popular areas include Mayfair and Regent’s Park, with 85 percent of buyers choosing property in Knightsbridge or Belgravia typically priced between £15m and £60m.
According to 2013 Office for National Statistics estimates based on the Labour Force Survey, there are around 6,220 Azerbaijani-born residents of the UK. Most British Azerbaijanis are concentrated in London.
Arts and entertainment
Numerous Azerbaijani musicians have been successful in British pop culture. In 2014, Elyar Fox became most successful British Azerbaijani in British Music as his song Do It All Over Again reached number 5th spot in UK Singles Chart. Sami Yusuf is another notable performer. Yusuf gained considerable recognition especially in the Islamic World following the release of his second album, My Ummah, in July 2005.
Significant Azerbaijani events or celebrations are celebrated by the community annually. The Nowruz is a celebration of the Persian New Year, celebrated by the Azerbaijani community every year.
The Republic Day of Azerbaijan on 28 May is also celebrated by local communities. British Azerbaijanis gather in multiple towns and cities every year on 26 February for the recognition of the Khojaly Massacre. The largest of such gatherings occurs in the London area.
The vast majority of the Azerbaijani community are Shia Muslims, whilst the remaining people generally do not have any religious affiliation. Some British Azerbaijanis worship at the East London Mosque, the largest Islamic mosque in the UK.
Football is widely followed and played by many young British Azerbaijanis. As of 2008, Baku United futsal club founded by the Odlar Yurdu Organisation and currently participating in FA National Futsal League. The team celebrated their first title in 2013 by becoming league champions. It also become the first English club to play in the main round of UEFA Futsal Cup.
Notable British Azerbaijanis
- Odlar Yurdu Organisation
- Baku United FC
- Azerbaijani diaspora
- Iranians in the United Kingdom
- Turks in the United Kingdom
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