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Overview
The story of Iranians in Britain is complex, driven by its turbulent history before, during and after the Islamic revolution of 1979.

Furthermore, these figures do not reflect the changes since 2001 brought about by fresh asylum movements in western Europe.

Half of all the people born in Iran living in Britain were resident in London in 2001, indicating the city's importance as a haven for those who fled both the former Shah and his overthrower, the Ayotollah Khomenei.

More recent arrivals of refugees and asylum seekers from the country have been spread far more widely leading to clusters in cities like Newcastle, Sheffield and Glasgow.

Concentrations of people born in Iran
Concentrations of people born in Iran
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.

At-a-glance
42,377 people born in Iran were resident in Britain in 2001, according to the Census.

10,000 people born in Iran came to Britain in the 10 years to 2001.

750% fewer people born in Iran lived in central London in 2001 than a decade earlier, although the figure for the capital as a whole was an increase of 21%.

1 area outside London appears in the top 20 most popular places for Iranian-born people: Cheadle Hulme in Greater Manchester.


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Distribution of people born in Iran
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
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1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Whole of Britain 32,158 42,377 31.78 0.06 0.07 0.01
 
East Midlands 775 1,152 48.65 0.02 0.03 0.01
East of England 1,800 2,420 34.44 0.04 0.04 0.00
London 16,851 20,401 21.07 0.25 0.28 0.03
North East 748 1,529 104.41 0.03 0.06 0.03
North West 2,304 3,466 50.43 0.03 0.05 0.02
Scotland 911 1,588 74.31 0.02 0.03 0.01
South East 4,285 5,302 23.73 0.06 0.07 0.01
South West 1,437 1,959 36.33 0.03 0.04 0.01
Wales 652 579 -11.20 0.02 0.02 0.00
West Midlands 1,069 1,890 76.80 0.02 0.04 0.02
Yorks & Humber 1,326 2,091 57.69 0.03 0.04 0.01

Most popular areas
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area Regions 1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Regent's Park London 1,008 892 -11.51 1.25 1.23 -0.02
Acton London 642 839 30.69 1.05 1.24 0.19
Finchley London 440 837 90.23 0.75 1.15 0.40
Kensington London 829 725 -12.55 1.60 1.15 -0.45
Golders Green London 567 680 19.93 1.34 1.41 0.07
Colindale London 430 643 49.53 0.73 1.09 0.36
Ealing Broadway London 717 631 -11.99 1.47 1.18 -0.29
Hyde Park London 839 584 -30.39 1.38 0.88 -0.50
Hammersmith London 515 545 5.83 0.86 0.82 -0.04
Chelsea London 540 462 -14.44 1.05 0.75 -0.30
 
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