Peruvian migration to the United Kingdom

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Peruvians in the United Kingdom
Total population
Peruvian-born residents
7,246 (2011 census)
Other population estimates
10,000 - 15,000 (untoldLondon 2010 estimate)
Regions with significant populations
Greater London and South East England
English (British English), Spanish (Peruvian Spanish)
Predominantly Christianity (including Roman Catholic and Evangelicals)
Related ethnic groups
Peruvian people • Latin Americans in the United Kingdom • Spaniards in the United Kingdom • Hispanic • Latino • British Peruvian

Peruvians in the United Kingdom (Spanish: Peruanos en el Reino Unido) are Peruvian immigrants to the United Kingdom, who form part of the larger Latin American community in the UK. In 2001, the stock of Peruvian-born immigrants was the sixth largest amongst all Latin American immigrants to the UK.[1]


A Peruvian restaurant near Dalston, Greater London

According to the 2001 UK Census, 4,066 Peruvian-born people were living in the UK.[1] As such, Peru was the 107th most common birthplace for UK residents, and sixth out of all Latin American countries, behind Mexico but ahead of Venezuela.[1] One "guesstimate" now puts the Latin American population of the UK at between 800,000 and 1 million, but puts the number of Peruvians in the UK at between 10,000 and 15,000. This is smaller than such communities in the UK as Brazilians, Colombians and Ecuadorians.[2] Countries such as the United States and Spain have much larger Peruvian communities than the United Kingdom.[1] Political stability in Peru, unlike for example Colombia and Ecuador, means that the number of Peruvians claiming asylum in the UK is low.[3]

Peruvian immigrants to the UK granted citizenship by year[3]
Year 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Number 65 78 80 117 105 185 175 180 230 130 220

Notable individuals[edit]

Trujillo-born Cusick was raised in Scotland and has worked in Glasgow for a number of years[4]

Notable British people with Peruvian ancestry include actors Michael Bentine and Henry Ian Cusick, who found fame in The Goon Show and Lost respectively.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Country-of-birth database". Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Archived from the original on 2009-06-17. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  2. ^ Sofia Buchuck (7 April 2010). "Crossing borders: Latin American exiles in London". untoldLondon. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Persons Granted British Citizenship, UK". Home Office. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  4. ^ Peruano encontrado en "Lost", El Comercio (Spanish), 8 April 2007