United Kingdom Immigration by Country

Name the countries that are the source of the foreign-born populations greater than 100,000 in the United Kingdom.
As of 2020 according to ONS estimates
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Last updated: March 28, 2021
First submittedJanuary 12, 2013
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Population
Country
847 k
India
746 k
Poland
519 k
Pakistan
370 k
Romania
364 k
Ireland
310 k
Germany
251 k
Bangladesh
Population
Country
240 k
Italy
229 k
South Africa
219 k
Nigeria
211 k
China
175 k
Portugal
169 k
France
168 k
United States
Population
Country
167 k
Philippines
159 k
Spain
155 k
Australia
141 k
Lithuania
122 k
Bulgaria
121 k
Zimbabwe
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Level 81
Mar 11, 2014
Should have gotten Sri Lanka. :P Surprised to see Jamaica, Zimbabwe and Lithuania on the list. Got all the rest.
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Level 51
Mar 11, 2014
Lithuania was my second guess. They own a car wash in Brandon, Suffolk. :)
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Level 81
Mar 12, 2014
Never been to Suffolk. Never been anywhere in the UK outside of London and though I've been to London on many different occasions, add the time I've spent there all together and it probably is less than two weeks. I would have guessed Jamaica for the Netherlands definitely. You see Jamaican guys on the streets of Amsterdam all the time.
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Level 81
Jun 10, 2015
Sure they aren't Suriname? I am not sure I'd be able to tell the difference. And then there's the folks from the Dutch Antilles too.
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Level 81
Jun 23, 2015
Yeah pretty sure. Though I guess it's possible some people from Suriname might dress like Jamaicans, once they start talking it's pretty easy to spot the real ones.
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Level 65
Dec 18, 2015
Missed Jamaica too but got Zimbabwe because it used to be a British colony.
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Level 52
Mar 16, 2016
kalbahamut, they are Surinamers and Antilians, there are no Jamaicans in the netherlands.
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Level 63
Apr 13, 2016
No Jamaicans at all? Do you work for the census people?
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Level 72
May 18, 2016
Well, it seems to me he shouldn't have to leave, what with his not existing and all... ^_^
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Level 71
May 18, 2016
I was just in Jamaica. They dressed more or less like me. I've also been to other English-speaking Caribbean countries. I can't distinguish the various forms of patois when I hear them. But then I'm not Henry Higgins.
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Level 81
Jul 20, 2016
To me Jamaican accent/dialect sounds quite distinct from that of Trinidad, Suriname, Barbados, etc.
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Level 71
May 26, 2018
The Trini accent is pretty distinct, although I'd bet hardly anyone without a lot of time spent with West Indians would have a hard time hearing the difference. Bajan accent? Good luck hearing the difference between them and a Vincentian, Jamaican, etc. Accent, of course, being completely different than dialect.
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Level 50
May 27, 2019
I got Jamaica, as I've met loads of Jamaicans in the UK, but missed Latvia, Lithuania, and Zimbabwe, all of which surprised me. This was especially annoying having guessed almost every country around Zimbabwe as I ran out of options. Sigh.
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Level 81
Jun 20, 2019
Since leaving this comment in 2014, I spent probably another week total in London, and the last time I was there I met a Lithuanian girl.
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Level 81
Jun 28, 2019
and no I didn't mean people with dreadlocks. I mean I was approached several times by people who looked Jamaican, who spoke with a distinct Jamaican accent and dialect, and when I asked where they were from they told me they were from Jamaica. Most of them were trying to sell drugs.
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Level 59
Jan 8, 2021
@sillie from what i understand, most people in Suriname are Indian or Native American in descent.
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Level 68
May 17, 2016
Baltic countries = surprise!
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Level 72
May 18, 2016
Except for Estonia; Estonians are apparently either perfectly happy at home, or perhaps fancy somewhere a bit warmer :-]
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Level 29
Jul 25, 2016
Estonia only has just over 1m people; in order to meet the 100k threshold for this quiz, nearly 10% of their entire population would need to live here!
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Level 72
Apr 5, 2021
They prefer Finland
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Level 79
Apr 24, 2019
As a Brit, Jamaica was my first guess. It was a British colony, part of the Empire, and remains part of the Commonwealth. Post WW2 the British government invited many Jamaicans and others from the Caribbean to the UK because of the labour shortage. There are many areas of London with large Jamaican populations, like Brixton for instance. It's all been in the news recently because of the government's mishandling of immigration documents, leading to British Afro-Caribbeans who have been here for generations suddenly finding themselves declared non-British citizens and facing deportation. See Windrush Scandal
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Level 42
Mar 11, 2014
What country do you mean quizmaster? Hmmmmmmm.
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Level 73
Mar 11, 2014
is this going to be another England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland debate again? If it is, save it...he says UK which is the above four countries. The fact that they may or may not be a sovereign nations doesn't matter in this quiz.
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Level 47
Mar 11, 2014
the country of the United Kingdom, as it says in the quiz name..........
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Level 49
Jan 20, 2015
btw if you are whining about Ireland being a choice they are not a part of the UK
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Level 51
Mar 11, 2014
I call BS. Turkey wasn't here? With all of those kebab shops?
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Level 61
Mar 11, 2014
Man, there a LOT of Poles in the UK! Also surprised at the number of Irish and Jamaicans in the UK. Obviously both have ties to the country historically (and Ireland is of course very close geographically) but it's still surprising considering that the two countries have small populations.
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Level 81
Mar 12, 2014
Ireland seemed like an obvious one. So many cultural and historical ties and Northern Ireland is part of the UK.
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Level 56
Apr 1, 2021
Plus the fact that citizens of both countries have always been free to live, work and vote in either, ever since the Free State days.
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Level 81
Jul 17, 2014
There are also a lot of poles in Pattaya.
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Level 45
Oct 19, 2018
stripper poles?
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Level 81
Jun 20, 2019
no money, no honey
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Level 43
Mar 11, 2014
Got all except lithuania!!!
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Level 40
Mar 14, 2014
Philippines was a surprise. Oh well, even if I thought of it, I wouldn't of been able to spell it. :)
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Level 81
Mar 15, 2014
As I remarked on my US immigrants quiz, nobody should be surprised by the Philippines. Filipinos are everywhere.
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Level 72
May 18, 2016
It seems Australians are everywhere, too. I've never seen a culture with so much wanderlust! And it's kinda weird, because the Kiwis are relative homebodies.
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Level 81
May 18, 2016
Given the population ratio I feel like I run into more Kiwis than Aussies abroad, relatively. It should be 4:1 in favor of the Aussies but in my experience it's more like 2:1 or 3:1. Met a lot of Kiwis in South Korea. And just met two at a hostel in Sofia last week.
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Level 50
Aug 6, 2018
^^ Agreed
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Level 81
Mar 15, 2014
also, wouldn't have*
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Level 74
Jun 5, 2014
Mee-OW! Anyway, the Philippines was no big surprise, the NHS would collapse without Filipinos.
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Level 28
Jul 10, 2014
Too much Poles. We must stop :< (yes, I'm Polish)
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Level 67
Nov 4, 2014
Stunned Romania isn't on here
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Level 47
Mar 8, 2015
It is now!
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Level 46
Nov 8, 2014
Its very sad that Poland is second :(
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Level 50
Aug 6, 2018
Seems somewhat racist. Why do you think that?
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Level 46
Sep 12, 2019
Excuse me, what? How is that racist? From his name, it's easy to see he's probably Polish. It's always a good feeling to see your country at the top of the list, and he's just saying he's disappointed it's not. Nothing at all about that was racist in any way. I don't even know how you came to that conclusion.
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Level 42
Sep 12, 2019
India is not a "race".
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Level 67
Mar 1, 2020
I think you are on the right track but got it backwards, I don't think he is proud to be 2nd and sad he isnt 1st
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Level 68
Sep 29, 2020
It's quite possible that Dzuliet17 (female, I am guessing...) is sad that so many young poles leave Poland. In my experience of Polish people coming to the UK, they are the most determined, hard-working people you are likely to meet.
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Level 66
Mar 30, 2015
I thought I had put Zimbabwe in my first go.... oh well, glad to see we made it onto the list :)
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Level 37
Apr 21, 2015
LOL...We Indians are everywhere
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Level 46
May 26, 2015
That's true - proud to be british indian
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Level 81
Jun 23, 2015
Like AOL Free Trial discs in the 1990s.
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Level 45
Oct 21, 2015
Is the polish figure per city?
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Level 79
Jan 12, 2016
Interesting list. You never see people complaining about Irish or American immigrants, yet they make up a good proportion of them.
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Level 63
Apr 13, 2016
On the contrary, many people complain about American immigrants. Not much love for Americans outside of America, however justified that view may be.
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Level 47
Apr 13, 2016
Really? In the UK, I have never once heard people complain about American immigrants. EU immigrants and Muslims ones? Yes, but not Americans.
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Level 79
May 10, 2016
I have only heard people complain about American tourists, never immigrants.
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Level 64
Jan 3, 2018
Irish and American immigrants don't use violence to force their religions or customs on UK citizens. In fact, most Irish and Americans share the same values as UK citizens, so assimilation isn't much of a problem.
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Level 63
May 26, 2018
Nor do immigrants of any other nationality.
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Level 42
Sep 12, 2019
TWM03. Yes, some do.
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Level 67
Mar 1, 2020
And about forcing customs... MacDonalds is nearly everywhere (but antarctica) ;)

For those that missed the smiley face, I meant that as a joke.

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Level 63
Mar 30, 2021
If "some" is enough to make such a sweeping statement then it can also be said that ("some") Irish and American immigrants do the same thing. If, on the other hand, we are talking about trends that apply to enough people within a group to be relevant when talking about the group as a whole, the most important example of literally what TP suggested would probably be corporal punishment of one's own children rather than, for example, terrorism. I imagine this differs significantly between immigrant groups but it doesn't seem to be something that anti-immigrant rhetoric is directed against, perhaps because the social conservatives tend to support or at least be equivocal about it themselves.
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Level 81
Sep 11, 2019
Don't complain about Irish immigrants? You don't know what you're talking about.
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Level 37
Apr 7, 2016
There's so many polish people because of the connections between the countries in the war. Polish people would come to the UK to help work in exchange for the UK helping Poland in the war.
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Level 47
May 9, 2016
Not really, it's more that 2 million people left Poland after they joined the EU in 2004. And they tended to move to the countries with the strongest economies i.e. Germany and the U.K.
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Level 67
Jan 31, 2019
The Netherlands aswell, you hear polish everywhere
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Level 47
May 17, 2016
This quiz is UKIP's worst nightmare.

Personally I think it's great to see so many different nationalities and cultures enriching us.

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Level 61
May 17, 2016
Coming over here, stealing our quizzes ;-)
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Level 37
May 17, 2016
Bah. missed Romania, Philippines and Somalia.
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Level 67
May 17, 2016
Realized half way through that the picture was luggage and not cold on the cob.
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Level 58
May 17, 2016
Where's UKIP when you need them?
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Level 46
May 17, 2016
What? That is so sad! Do you want no diversity in this country? If this was a joke, it wasn't very funny!
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Level 75
Sep 20, 2018
Then you’re in luck because diversity =/= those things
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Level 63
Sep 11, 2019
I suspect that would depend on the sorts of crimes you look at.
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Level 67
Mar 1, 2020
I think (don't know if it is similar in all countries) The first initial generation usually are extremely hardworking, it is often the next generation that is born, that can have a tendency to get into trouble. They are inbetween 2 cultures, with a lot more freedom and opportunities than their parents.

It is hard to explain this in text in a different language, hope it comes across as intended.

In unpolished words what I often see; first gen very hard working and often very humble (depending on country of origin) moreso than people from the country they migrated to. Next gen often very spoilt, can get away with a lot. Though youth in general seem to feel a lot more entitled than a few generations ago (or even 25 years). It has nothing to do with "race" just mix of 2 cultures. Similar aged people in the country of origin life a very different life and usually get into trouble less.

Nothing of this is about how the amount of crime compares between immigrants and non immigr

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Level 74
May 18, 2016
UKIP are just where you left them - down the pub, ranting about bloody immigrates.
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Level 46
May 17, 2016
I'm one of those 793,000 Indians in the UK!
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Level 25
May 17, 2016
why isnt syria on this list
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Level 85
May 17, 2016
The numbers aren't big enough.
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Level 75
Nov 9, 2018
SG - do you not understand how this quiz works?
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Level 27
May 17, 2016
i said republic of ireland and didn't get it right.....
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Level 65
May 18, 2016
Oddest group of countries I have ever seen... :)
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Level 47
Oct 11, 2016
If you think about it, they are are all either old colonies or countries in the EU.
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Level 63
Sep 12, 2018
... or China.
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Level 47
Nov 10, 2018
Tbf a lot of the Chinese immigrants come from Hong Kong
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Level 43
May 19, 2016
HOW DID I MISS IRELAND
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Level 65
Sep 12, 2016
Same here. I'll join you in the corner to cry.
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Level 38
Dec 15, 2017
Its great travelling through our cities and seeing all the different supermarkets and what have you. I had a teacher in school that used to called Bradford 'Bradistan'... Supermarket on one of the main streets into my city called 'Islam Foods', I wonder what they sell there lol!
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Level 40
Sep 10, 2018
There are a lot more Italian citizens in the UK, over 200.000
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Level 63
Sep 11, 2019
Well then perhaps some of them are Italian citizens but were born in the UK.
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Level 57
Feb 5, 2019
Can’t belived I missed Ireland and my Grandma is Irish and she emigrated here...
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Level 65
Sep 11, 2019
I'm quite surprised Turkey isn't on here. There are a lot of Turkish barbers and takeaway shops around my way - lovely people.
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Level 42
Sep 11, 2019
Somehow I missed Kenya?
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Level 47
Feb 17, 2020
I forgot Ireland...
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Level 44
May 18, 2020
Doh, got Latvia and Zimbabwe first try yet forgot Kenya! Was trying to think for ages what other African countries the UK colonised lol
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Level 40
Oct 26, 2020
8.4% of the population based on these numbers :/
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Level 28
Mar 5, 2021
Is that joke? In the UK living 500 thousand Turkish migrant. Add Turkey please
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Level ∞
Mar 28, 2021
Only 63,000 from Turkey, which ranks #39.
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Level 84
Mar 28, 2021
OK, the quiz has been reset. I guess a lot of the Sri Lankans returned home after the war there ended. But where did all the Jamaicans go?
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Level 73
Mar 29, 2021
Some died presumably. The high point of all Caribbean immigration to the UK was the 50s, so people of working age then would be pretty old by now.
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Level 71
Mar 29, 2021
Yeah, but they presumably reproduced all this time. You're guessing that they died faster than they reproduced?
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Level 70
Mar 30, 2021
It's where they were born......
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Level 43
Apr 5, 2021
It's where they were born not where there heritage was 70 years ago. Anyone born in the UK to foreign born parents is much more likely to be British.