Singaporeans in the United Kingdom

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Singaporeans in the United Kingdom
Total population
Singaporean-born residents
40,474 (2001 Census)
41,000 (2009 ONS estimate)
Regions with significant populations
Central London, Cambridge, Portsmouth, Oxford, Bath, Plymouth, Exeter
British English, Singaporean English, Singaporean Mandarin, other varieties of Chinese, Malay, Tamil
Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity and Islam
Related ethnic groups
Singaporeans, British Malaysian, Oriental British, British Chinese, British Asian, British Indian

Singaporeans in the United Kingdom include people who have full or partial Singaporean origin or descent, born or settled in the United Kingdom.


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Singaporean born people
in each UK region (2001)

The story of the Singaporean community in the UK roughly follows that of the British Chinese community, as most Singaporeans are actually of Chinese descent (see Chinese Singaporean).[1] There is a Singaporean diaspora in the UK, due to Singapore's history as a former British colony (as part of the Straits Settlements from 1826 to 1942, and separately as the Crown Colony of Singapore from 1946 to 1959), and its current membership in the Commonwealth of Nations.


40,474 Singaporean-born people were recorded by the 2001 UK Census,[2] with 40,180 of those living in Great Britain. The Singaporean-born population of Great Britain has increased by 19 per cent since the 1991 Census, when 33,751 Singaporean-born people were recorded.[1]

The Office for National Statistics estimates that, in 2009, 41,000 Singaporean-born people were resident in the UK.[3]

The distribution of Singaporean-born residents according to the 2001 census is shown on the map. Nine of the ten census tracts with the most Singaporean-born residents in 2001 are in London. The most popular tracts were Hyde Park, Kensington, Holborn, Chelsea, Southall West, Regent's Park, Cambridge West, Highgate, East Ham South, Richmond North.[1]

Notable individuals[edit]

The list below includes British people of Singaporean descent and Singaporean immigrants to the UK, regardless of ethnicity.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Born abroad: Singapore". BBC News. 2005-09-07. Retrieved 2009-11-08.
  2. ^ "Country-of-birth database". Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Retrieved 2009-11-08.
  3. ^ "Estimated population resident in the United Kingdom, by foreign country of birth (Table 1.3)". Office for National Statistics. September 2009. Archived from the original on 22 January 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Lord Chan". The Daily Telegraph. London. 2006-01-26.

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