British Bangladeshis

British Bangladeshis (Bengali: বিলাতী বাংলাদেশী, romanized: Bilatī Bangladeshī) are people of Bangladeshi origin who have attained citizenship in the United Kingdom, through immigration and historical naturalisation. The term can also refer to their descendants. Bengali Muslims have prominently been migrating to the UK since the 1940s. Migration reached its peak during the 1970s, with most originating from the Sylhet region. The largest concentration live in east London boroughs, such as Tower Hamlets.[3][4] This large diaspora in London leads people in Sylhet to refer to British Bangladeshis as Londoni (Bengali: লন্ডনী).[3]

British Bangladeshis
বিলাতী বাংলাদেশী
Bangladeshi children in East London, 1986
Total population
451,529[1]
0.7% of the UK's population (2011)
Regions with significant populations
Greater London, West Midlands, Greater Manchester, Bedfordshire
Languages
Sylheti  · Standard Bengali  · English
Religion
Predominantly Sunni Muslim, minorities include Christian and few other religions[2]
Related ethnic groups

Bangladeshis form one of the UK's largest group of people of overseas descent and are also one of the country's youngest and fastest growing communities.[5] The 2011 UK Census recorded nearly half-a-million residents of Bangladeshi ethnicity. British Bangladeshis had the highest overall relative poverty rate of any ethnic group in the UK with 65% of Bangladeshis living in low income households, as for 2005.[6][7]