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Kenyan migration to the United Kingdom

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Kenyan migration to the United Kingdom has been occurring for many decades. As a result, many people in the UK were born in Kenya, or have Kenyan ancestry. Many Kenyan people who migrated to the UK are of South Asian extraction.



Most Kenyans in the UK are ethnically South Asian Kenyans who, like those in Uganda, were forced out during the late 1960s and early 1970s. This community has a substantial cluster in Leicester and London. The most recent growth may now be coming from ethnically black African Kenyans, mirroring wider trends across the continent of economic migration to the richer industrialised nations. There are also a small number of Kenyan-born people who are the children of British civil servants based there before the end of the Empire.


The 2001 UK Census recorded 129,633 Kenyan-born British residents. The equivalent figure in 2009 has been estimated at 203,000 by the Office for National Statistics.

The largest proportion of Kenyan-born British residents are found in the capital, London, where around half of the Kenyan-born population in Britain resides. There are also significant populations in the South East and the East Midlands.

Academia, Medicine and Science

  • Richard Dawkins, ethologist, biologist, writer
  • Azim Nanji, academic
  • Alan Rayner, biologist
  • Sir Nilesh Samani, physician
  • Sir Tejinder Virdee, physicist
  • Business, Law and Politics

  • Michael Bear, Lord Mayor of London
  • Peter Hain, Political campaigner and former cabinet minister
  • Baroness Prashar, businesswoman
  • Lord Sheikh, businessman, Conservative politician
  • Music and the Arts

  • Khadambi Asalache, poet
  • Kamara Bacchus, actress
  • Kuljit Bhamra, musician
  • Gurinder Chadha, film director
  • Nitin Ganatra, actor
  • Kulvinder Ghir, comedian
  • Tania Harcourt-Cooze, model and actress
  • Elspeth Huxley, author, journalist, broadcaster
  • Viram Jasani, musician
  • Michael Kuhn, film producer
  • Charles Mnene, actor
  • Deep Roy, actor, stuntman
  • Roger Whittaker, musician
  • Imran Yusuf, comedian
  • Adrian Zagoritis, music producer and songwriter
  • Sport

  • Roger Chapman, golfer
  • Jamie Dalrymple, cricketer
  • Chris Froome, racing cyclist
  • Rajesh Maru, cricketer
  • Derek Pringle, cricketer
  • Peter Thackeray, cricketer
  • Curtis Osano, footballer
  • Simon Shaw, rugby union player
  • Anne Wafula Strike, Wheelchair racing
  • References

    Kenyan migration to the United Kingdom Wikipedia