Hong Kong people in the United Kingdom

Hong Kong people in the United Kingdom(also known as Hong Kong Britons) are Hong Kong people who are residing in the United Kingdom or British citizens of Hong Kong origin or descent.

Hong Kong people in the UK
Total population
Hong Kong-born residents
111,733 (2011 census)
English (British English, Hong Kong English), Hong Kong Cantonese
Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism
Related ethnic groups
British Chinese, Britons in Hong Kong


The United Kingdom has historically been a popular destination for Hong Kong immigrants due to the colonial relationship between the two territories.[citation needed] The UK's popularity among immigrants was also helped by the fact that the English language enjoys official status in both territories.[citation needed] While many Hong Kong-born residents of the UK are ethnically Chinese, others include the children of colonial parentage (British and/or other European heritage, and people with ancestries from other parts of the former British colonial empire) born in Hong Kong prior to the transfer of sovereignty to China in 1997.[1]


The 2001 census recorded 96,445 Hong Kong-born people residing in the United Kingdom.[2] The 2011 census recorded 98,724 Hong Kong-born people resident in England, 3,517 in Wales,[3] 7,586 in Scotland[4] and 1,906 in Northern Ireland.[5] The figure Scotland was 7,068 in 2001 and 5,910 in 1991.[6][7]

Notable people

See also


  1. "Born abroad: Hong Kong". BBC News. 7 September 2005. Retrieved 5 April 2010.
  2. "Country-of-birth database". Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Archived from the original on 2007-04-25. Retrieved 2009-08-24.
  3. "2011 Census: Country of birth (expanded), regions in England and Wales". Office for National Statistics. 26 March 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  4. "Country of birth (detailed)" (PDF). National Records of Scotland. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  5. "Country of Birth – Full Detail: QS206NI". Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  6. "Scotland's Diaspora" (PDF). gov.scot.
  7. Scottish Government, St Andrew's House (5 October 2009). "Scotland's Diaspora and Overseas-Born Population".