Macedonians in the United Kingdom

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Macedonians in the United Kingdom
Total population
2,983 Macedonian-born (2011 census)
Regions with significant populations
London, Southeastern United Kingdom
Languages
English, Macedonian
Religion
Macedonian Orthodox Church

Macedonians in the United Kingdom refers to people from the Republic of Macedonia that have formed communities in or were born in the United Kingdom. The 2011 UK Census recorded a total of 2,983 residents who stated that their country of birth was Macedonia.

History of Macedonians in the United Kingdom[edit]

The majority of Macedonians in Britain arrived after the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia permitted emigration to the West in the 1960s and 1970s.[1] Many Macedonians especially from the Demir Hisar, Bitola and Prilep regions left for Britain during this period.[1] During the 1980s many professionals left Skopje to work in London for the Socialist Republic of Macedonia and for international organisations stationed there.[1] Following the Breakup of Yugoslavia hundreds of ethnic Macedonians left for Britain.[1] After the Yugoslav Wars in the 1990s many ethnic Macedonians and Albanians from the newly independent Republic of Macedonia left for Britain as refugees.[citation needed]

The 2001 UK Census recorded 1,285 people born in Macedonia.[2] The 2011 UK Census recorded 2,882 Macedonian-born residents in England, 32 in Wales,[3] 56 in Scotland,[4] and 13 in Northern Ireland.[5]

Organisations[edit]

Within the United Kingdom many ethnic Macedonian based organisations have been founded.[citation needed] Most notable is the "Association of Macedonians in the United Kingdom" (Macedonian: Асоцијација на Македонци во Обинето Кралство, Asociasija na Makedoncite vo Obinetoto Kralstvo).[6][not in citation given] This group has been key in organising events amongst the ethnic Macedonian community in Britain.[citation needed] They have also contributed to the consecration of the Macedonian Orthodox Church in London along with the Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia in London.

The most prominent Cultural and Artistic society within the ethnic Macedonians community in the United Kingdom is the ethnic Macedonian Cultural and Artistic Association "Sonce". It was founded in London on 17 November 2003.[7][not in citation given]

Macedonian Orthodox Church[edit]

The Macedonian Orthodox Church "St. Archangel Michael & All Angels", was founded by immigrants from the Republic of Macedonia in 1993. At first it organised liturgy only once a year for Easter, but in 2007 a resident priest was appointed. The following year, 2008, a chapel in Soho in London became the home of the Macedonian Orthodox Church and liturgies in the Macedonian language have been organised there at least once a month ever since.[8] There have been plans to construct a Cultural Centre on the site of the Church.[9]

In 2010 a Sunday church school for the Macedonian language has been formed with a class of about 15 children. In 2014, three new classes opened, one in London, one in Littlehampton and the third in Oxford.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Nasevski, Boško; Angelova, Dora. Gerovska, Dragica (1995). Македонски Иселенички Алманах '95. Skopje: Матица на Иселениците на Македонија. pp. 60–61. 
  2. ^ "Country-of-birth database". Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  3. ^ "Table QS213EW: 2011 Census: Country of birth (expanded), regions in England and Wales". Office for National Statistics. 26 March 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Country of birth (detailed)" (PDF). National Records of Scotland. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Country of Birth – Full Detail: QS206NI". Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Associjacija na Makedonci vo Obedinetoto Kralstvo (MAK UK)
  7. ^ MKUD Sonce
  8. ^ An article about the Macedonian churches by the newspaper Nova Makedonija
  9. ^ Macedonian Church

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