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UK 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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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 84
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 58
Mar 11, 2014
Lithuania was my second guess. They own a car wash in Brandon, Suffolk. :)
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Level 84
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 79
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 84
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 67
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 61
Apr 13, 2016
No Jamaicans at all? Do you work for the census people?
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Level 70
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 74
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 84
Jul 20, 2016
To me Jamaican accent/dialect sounds quite distinct from that of Trinidad, Suriname, Barbados, etc.
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Level 74
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 84
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 84
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 60
Jan 8, 2021
@sillie from what i understand, most people in Suriname are Indian or Native American in descent.
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Level 42
Oct 3, 2022
I love seeing conversations last over 7 years
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Level 66
May 17, 2016
Baltic countries = surprise!
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Level 70
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 28
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 77
Apr 5, 2021
They prefer Finland
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Level 72
May 5, 2021
They don't have to all come over in one day, so with births and their own immigration it's possible for a country with 1m people to make the list without decimating their population.
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Level 82
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 35
Mar 11, 2014
What country do you mean quizmaster? Hmmmmmmm.
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Level 76
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 45
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 58
Mar 11, 2014
I call BS. Turkey wasn't here? With all of those kebab shops?
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Level 27
May 6, 2021
they are probably afghan then.
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Level 49
Sep 5, 2021
A lot of those kebab shops are from Arab countries like Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, etc. not just Turkey
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Level 63
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 84
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 55
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 84
Jul 17, 2014
There are also a lot of poles in Pattaya.
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Level 46
Oct 19, 2018
stripper poles?
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Level 84
Jun 20, 2019
no money, no honey
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Level 55
Mar 11, 2014
Got all except lithuania!!!
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Level 33
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 84
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 70
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 84
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 84
Mar 15, 2014
also, wouldn't have*
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Level 75
Jun 5, 2014
Mee-OW! Anyway, the Philippines was no big surprise, the NHS would collapse without Filipinos.
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Level 29
Jul 10, 2014
Too much Poles. We must stop :< (yes, I'm Polish)
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Level 64
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 44
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 47
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 40
Sep 12, 2019
India is not a "race".
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Level 66
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 75
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 27
May 6, 2021
how is it racist?
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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 27
May 6, 2021
nice, my country is not here though :(
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Level 33
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 84
Jun 23, 2015
Like AOL Free Trial discs in the 1990s.
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Level 71
Oct 21, 2015
Is the polish figure per city?
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Level 81
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 61
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 81
May 10, 2016
I have only heard people complain about American tourists, never immigrants.
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Level 62
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 67
May 26, 2018
Nor do immigrants of any other nationality.
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Level 40
Sep 12, 2019
TWM03. Yes, some do.
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Level 66
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 67
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 87
Sep 11, 2019
Don't complain about Irish immigrants? You don't know what you're talking about.
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Level 36
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 66
Jan 31, 2019
The Netherlands aswell, you hear polish everywhere
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Level 42
May 7, 2021
When UK helped Poland in the war?
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Level 44
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 63
May 17, 2016
Coming over here, stealing our quizzes ;-)
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Level 35
May 17, 2016
Bah. missed Romania, Philippines and Somalia.
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Level 61
May 17, 2016
Realized half way through that the picture was luggage and not cold on the cob.
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Level 59
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 76
Sep 20, 2018
Then you’re in luck because diversity =/= those things
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Level 67
Sep 11, 2019
I suspect that would depend on the sorts of crimes you look at.
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Level 66
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 75
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 23
May 17, 2016
why isnt syria on this list
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Level 88
May 17, 2016
The numbers aren't big enough.
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Level 76
Nov 9, 2018
SG - do you not understand how this quiz works?
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Level 29
May 17, 2016
i said republic of ireland and didn't get it right.....
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Level 64
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 67
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 42
May 19, 2016
HOW DID I MISS IRELAND
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Level 70
Sep 12, 2016
Same here. I'll join you in the corner to cry.
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Level 36
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 67
Sep 11, 2019
Well then perhaps some of them are Italian citizens but were born in the UK.
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Level 68
Jul 2, 2022
The ONS figures are very debatable. I thought I knew that there were far more people of French nationality in the UK. The question is who has been counted. And of course the number of illegal immigrants is very difficult to count.
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Level 60
Feb 5, 2019
Can’t belived I missed Ireland and my Grandma is Irish and she emigrated here...
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Level 67
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 57
Sep 11, 2019
Somehow I missed Kenya?
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Level 48
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 41
Oct 26, 2020
8.4% of the population based on these numbers :/
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Level 59
May 5, 2021
why the frown?
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Level 42
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 85
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 77
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 72
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 74
Mar 30, 2021
It's where they were born......
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Level 44
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.
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Level 59
May 5, 2021
this one's p funny
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Level 65
May 5, 2021
The source document given has 5 other countries over the 100K threshold.
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Level 27
May 6, 2021
where did you even get this information? lol
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Level 61
Aug 13, 2021
I expected Turkey to be on this list. There are a lot of Turks and Turkish businesses in North London. Also some sources claim that the UK's Turkish population is above 100,000.
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Level 57
Apr 10, 2022
But how many came from Turkey and how many are just descended from Turkish immigrants.
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Level 39
Jun 30, 2022
I'm suprised that Bulgaria isn't higher up, because I know 4 bulgarians in my school; coincidentally they are all in my class.
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Level 33
Aug 5, 2022
romania..

didn't expat thaht

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Level 41
Oct 20, 2022
baffled why Hungary isn't on the list since even according to the linked source there are 116K hungarian born people in the UK and in reality there are way more