Ukrainians in the United Kingdom

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Ukrainians in the United Kingdom
Total population
11,913 Ukrainian-born (2001)[1]
16,062 (2011 Census)[2]
Ukrainian nationals
26,452 (2011 Census)[2]
Regions with significant populations
London, South East, Manchester, Nottingham, West Midlands, Bradford and rest of West Yorkshire
English, Ukrainian, Russian
Christianity, Ukrainian Orthodox, Judaism.
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Ukrainians in the United Kingdom consist mainly of British citizens of Ukrainian descent. The Ukrainian immigration to the United Kingdom has been occurring since the eighteenth century.


Although Ukrainians have visited and lived in the United Kingdom since the late-18th century, the first documented evidence of Ukrainians in the UK was an entry in the Aliens Register in Salford of J. Koyetsky from Brody, Ukraine in 1897. Some 100 families settled in Manchester prior to World War I, and in the post-war years a community centre was established. An Information Centre was founded in London and religious and cultural links established with Manchester. In 1931 Bishop Andrey Sheptytsky and Fr Josyf Slipyj, each of whom in turn in later years became head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, made a notable pastoral visit to Manchester. Elsewhere, the first generation of Ukrainian immigrants started arriving in the South-East, in particular, Hertfordshire in 1947 as displaced persons.

After World War II, work-permit schemes issued under the Attlee government (in office: 1945-1951) recruited Ukrainians to work in the mills of Lancashire and in the greenhouses of the Lea Valley (Middlesex/Essex). After a short stay in a transit camp in East Anglia, many went to a displaced-persons camp in Newgate Street Village in Hertfordshire. At the camp, many young people became affiliated to the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, which had its headquarters in London; the Association acted as an important support-network for those separated from their family and friends.

After the end of WWII, more large numbers of Ukrainians (mainly displaced persons from camps in Germany) arrived in the UK. Ukrainians were integrated into the UK as European Voluntary Workers, while Ukrainian POWs from the Polish and German armies were also demobilised and settled in the major cities of the UK.


The 2001 Census recorded 11,913 people born in Ukraine resident in the UK.[1]


A large number of Ukrainians living in Britain are Ukrainian Catholics, under the jurisdiction of the Apostolic Exarchate for Ukrainians in Great Britain, whilst many other Ukrainian Britons are Jews.

Notable Britons with Ukrainian ancestry[edit]

Name Occupation
Elena Baltacha tennis player
Sergei Baltacha Jr. footballer
Nick Clegg politician who is Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats
Lew Grade showbusiness impresario and television company executive
Michael Grade chief-executive of ITV, former chairman of the BBC
Marina Lewycka novelist
Mark Pougatch broadcast sports journalist, BBC
Peter Solowka musician, guitarist with The Ukrainians and formerly The Wedding Present
Stepan Pasicznyk musician, and accordionist formerly with The Ukrainians original line up.
Bohdan Tkachuk CEO of Viglen Computers (part of Lord Alan Sugar's group of companies)
Zoë Wanamaker US born actress, raised in Britain of Ukrainian and Russian descent

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