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South Asians in the United Kingdom
"British Asian" and "Asian British" redirects here. This article is about South Asians living in the United Kingdom. For other groups belonging to the "Asian people", see East Asians in the United Kingdom, for the other ethnic groups from the continent of Asia, British Arabs and British Iranians.
British Asians
(South Asians in the United Kingdom)

Konnie Huq, George Edalji, Shobna Gulati, Amir Khan, M.I.A., Syed Ahmed, Kia Abdullah, Mark Ramprakash, Susheela Raman
Total population
2,800,000 (2008)
4.6% of the UK population
Indian - 1.3 million[1]
Pakistani - 0.8 million[1]
Bangladeshi - 0.5 million[2]
Other South Asian - 0.4 million
(largely Tamil and Nepali)
Regions with significant populations
London, Greater Manchester, West Midlands, Leicester, Nottingham, Derby, West Yorkshire, Sheffield, Lancashire, Slough, Reading, Berkshire, Luton, Peterborough, Oxford, Milton Keynes, Cardiff, Greater Glasgow

Native languages: Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Kutchi, Urdu, Punjabi, Mirpuri, Pashto, Bengali, Sylheti, Tamil, others
Additional language: English


Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism,
Christianity, Buddhism and others

South Asians in the United Kingdom or British South Asians are British citizens who descended from South Asia, or the Indian subcontinent. Immigration of South Asian people to the United Kingdom began with the arrival of the East India Company to the Indian subcontinent. This continued during the British Raj and increased in volume after the independence of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh from British rule, chiefly for education and economic pursuits. A major influx of Asian immigrants, the majority of them of North Indian and Pakistani ancestry, also took place following the expulsion of Indian communities (then holders of British passports) from Uganda and other nations of East Africa (see African migration to the United Kingdom). In British English, the terms British Asian and Asian British are mostly used for this group, excluding East Asians.[3]

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