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Britain's Afghanistan community is firmly rooted in the capital, predominantly in its western boroughs.

It has developed over more than 20 years as war and conflict has contributed to one of the world's longest-running refugee crises.

The picture has changed substantially since the 2001 Census, taken before the events of 9/11, the subsequent US military intervention in Afghanistan and the downfall of the ruling Taleban.

Outside London, Afghan populations are so small they barely register; Wales recorded just 25 Afghan-born people in 2001. Overall, they comprise 0.03% of the national population.

Concentrations of people born in Afghanistan
Concentrations of people born in Afghanistan
Map on right shows country as if areas with roughly equal populations were the same size. So, densely populated London takes up much more space than sparsely populated Scottish Highlands.

14,890 Afghan-born people were identified by the 2001 Census.

7 out of every 10 Afghans in the UK live in London.

1,121 in London's Southall district is the hub for this nationality.

2 areas alone beyond London have Afghan populations of over 100.

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Distribution of people born in Afghanistan
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1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Whole of Britain n/a 14,890 n/a n/a 0.03 n/a
London n/a 10,845 n/a n/a 0.15 n/a
West Midlands n/a 1,081 n/a n/a 0.02 n/a
South East n/a 758 n/a n/a 0.01 n/a
North West n/a 482 n/a n/a 0.01 n/a
East of England n/a 425 n/a n/a 0.01 n/a
Yorks & Humber n/a 379 n/a n/a 0.01 n/a
Scotland n/a 353 n/a n/a 0.01 n/a
North East n/a 266 n/a n/a 0.01 n/a
East Midlands n/a 142 n/a n/a 0.00 n/a
South West n/a 134 n/a n/a 0.00 n/a
Wales n/a 25 n/a n/a 0.00 n/a

Most popular areas
Area Regions 1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Southall W London n/a 1,121 n/a n/a 1.74 n/a
Greenford London n/a 512 n/a n/a 0.79 n/a
Heston London n/a 473 n/a n/a 1.07 n/a
Isleworth London n/a 422 n/a n/a 0.57 n/a
Acton London n/a 396 n/a n/a 0.58 n/a
Greenhill London n/a 351 n/a n/a 0.60 n/a
Rayners Lane London n/a 350 n/a n/a 0.68 n/a
Cricklewood London n/a 327 n/a n/a 0.64 n/a
Colindale London n/a 301 n/a n/a 0.51 n/a
Ealing Broadway London n/a 289 n/a n/a 0.54 n/a


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