Serbs in the United Kingdom

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British Serbs
Srbi u Velikoj Britanji
Срби у Великој Британији
Serbian Orthodox Church of St Lazar in Birmingham.jpg
Serbian Orthodox Church of Saint Lazar in Birmingham
Total population
Ethnic Serbs
70,000 (2001 Serbian Council of Britain estimate)
Residents born in Serbia
8,391 (2011 Census)
English, Serbian
Eastern Orthodoxy (Serbian Church)

British Serbs or Serbs in the United Kingdom[1] are Serbs and people of Serbian ancestry in the United Kingdom.


There has been a Serb community in Halifax since Yugoslavia's liberation in the World War II. Monarchist refugees (Chetniks) left Yugoslavia as a result of Josip Broz Tito's revolution.[2] There is a Serbian Orthodox church there.

There is a sizable Serb community in Shepherd's Bush (Hammersmith and Fulham) and Notting Hill (Kensington and Chelsea) in West London, where Serbian grocery stores, cafes, and a Serbian church is present.

There are a number of Serbian Orthodox churches in the UK, including in the two largest cities, London and Birmingham.[3]


The Serbian Council of Britain notes the presence of second- and third-generation British Serbs.[4] In 2001, the Serbian Embassy estimated that there were 70,000 Serbs in the United Kingdom.[5] A January 2012 estimation claims 80,000.[6]

The 2011 UK Census, recorded 8,049 Serbian-born residents in England, 122 in Wales,[7] 188 in Scotland,[8] and 32 in Northern Ireland (a total of 8,391).[9] In response to the ethnicity question, 7,312 people in England, 106 in Wales,[10] and 185 in Scotland wrote in "Serbian" under the "White" heading, as an alternative to ticking one of the pre-defined categories.[11]

Notable people[edit]

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pryke, Sam (2003). "British Serbs and long distance nationalism" (PDF). Ethnic and Racial Studies. 26 (1): 152–172. doi:10.1080/01419870022000025315. 
  2. ^ Popham, Peter (26 July 1995). "A Serbian enclave in Yorkshire". The Independent. Retrieved 25 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Serbian Orthodox Church". Serbian Council of Great Britain. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  4. ^ "Great British Serbs". Serbian Council of Britain. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "So, just how many Serbs live in Britain? Britić figures defy census figures of 2001.". June 3, 2011. There have been various attempts to estimate the population of Serbs living in the UK. The simplest answer was the 2001 national census which stated that there are 31,244 UK residents born in Serbian and Montenegro. A further 6,992 were born in Croatia. However, the obvious problems are that many Serbs were born in the UK (maybe even most British Serbs). Moreover, in 2001 there were still a large number of Kosovan Albanians in Britain who of course would have been registered as being born in Serbia and Montenegro. The Serbian Embassy made their own estimate ten years ago and arrived at a figure of 70,000. 
  6. ^ Bilbija, Bojan (2013-12-29), Dijaspora može da promeni Srbiju, Politika, procenjeno brojno stanje u januaru 2012 [estimation in January 2012] 
  7. ^ "2011 Census: Country of birth (expanded), regions in England and Wales". Office for National Statistics. 26 March 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Country of birth (detailed)" (PDF). National Records of Scotland. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Country of Birth - Full Detail: QS206NI". Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  10. ^ "Table QS211EW: 2011 Census: Ethnic group (detailed), local authorities in England and Wales". Office for National Statistics. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  11. ^ "Ethnic group (detailed): All people" (PDF). National Records of Scotland. 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  12. ^ "Bogdanovic reaches final". BBC Sport. 2002-10-25. Retrieved 22 November 2009. 

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