Ugandan migration to the United Kingdom

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Ugandans in the United Kingdom
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Total population
55,000 Ugandan Born (2001)[1]
Ancestral Numbers Unknown
Regions with significant populations
Greater London, Leicester, West Midlands, Greater Manchester
English (British English, Ugandan English), Luganda, Swahili, Gujarati and other languages of Uganda
Roman Catholicism, Anglicanism, Hinduism Islam
Related ethnic groups
Black British, African British, British Asian, East African Indian

Ugandan migration to the United Kingdom refers to the movement of people from Uganda. Today, a small proportion of people in the United Kingdom were either born in Uganda, or have Ugandan ancestry.

Uganda became independent in 1962, but immigration from what is now the modern nation to the UK was occurring for decades before, and still continues today. The main reason for the United Kingdom's large Ugandan born community (and the many tens of thousands more British born people of Ugandan descent) is that prior to 1962, Uganda was under British rule and was part of the British Empire. Uganda remains a part of the Commonwealth and the English language has official status in the country to this day. In 1972 almost 60,000 Asian Ugandans were expelled from the country by President Idi Amin,[2] and it is likely that these refugees who came to the UK would have responded as Asian British in the 2001 UK census. The majority of the more recent Ugandan immigrants to the UK, and a large proportion of British born people of Ugandan descent are ethnically Sub-Saharan African (according to the 2002 Ugandan Census around 70% of the country's population belongs to an indigenous ethnic group), although as stated earlier, a lot of the people responding in the 2001 Census to a Ugandan birthplace are East African Asians.[3]

In 2001, including those of Ugandan descent, there could be in excess of 100,000 Ugandan British, with the overwhelming majority living in and around London, although 11,000 Asian Ugandans still live in Leicester.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Country-of-birth database". Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  2. ^ Asian Ugandan refugees in the UK
  3. ^ CIA World Fact Book - Ugandan ethnicity
  4. ^ BBC NEWS | UK | Born Abroad | Other South & E Africa

Further reading[edit]

  • Swinerton, Kuepper, Lackey (1975). Ugandan Asians in great Britain. 
  • Mamdani, Mahmood (2011). From Citizen to Refugee.