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Overview
Kenya's immigration story is complicated and comprises three distinct groups.

The largest number 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 by and large mirrors the immigration map for people born in India.

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.

Concentrations of people born in Kenya
Concentrations of people born in Kenya
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
129,356 people born in Kenya were living in Britain in 2001, the largest proportion being ethnically-South Asian.

33,000 people born in Kenya were found across a wide area of north-west London.

55% of the increase in the Kenyan-born population between 1991 and 2001 was in London.

8 of the largest clusters of Kenyan-born people were in the East Midlands, predominantly in or near Leicester.


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Distribution of people born in Kenya
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
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1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Whole of Britain 112,441 129,356 15.04 0.20 0.23 0.03
 
London 57,009 66,309 16.31 0.85 0.92 0.07
East Midlands 11,582 12,505 7.97 0.29 0.30 0.01
West Midlands 9,473 9,563 0.95 0.18 0.18 0.00
South East 12,354 15,086 22.11 0.16 0.19 0.03
East of England 6,911 8,667 25.41 0.14 0.16 0.02
North West 5,058 5,471 8.17 0.08 0.08 0.00
South West 3,491 4,477 28.24 0.08 0.09 0.01
Yorks & Humber 3,134 3,333 6.35 0.06 0.07 0.01
Scotland 1,780 2,083 17.02 0.04 0.04 0.00
Wales 1,028 1,192 15.95 0.04 0.04 0.00
North East 621 670 7.89 0.02 0.03 0.01

Most popular areas
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area Regions 1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Greenhill London 3,696 4,438 20.08 6.53 7.57 1.04
Sudbury London 1,894 2,926 54.49 5.27 5.95 0.68
Belgrave East Midlands 2,836 2,775 -2.15 5.76 5.82 0.06
Southall W London 2,810 2,510 -10.68 4.59 3.89 -0.70
Isleworth London 1,982 2,158 8.88 3.13 2.93 -0.20
Rayners Lane London 1,606 2,050 27.65 3.34 3.95 0.61
Harrow Weald London 1,264 1,970 55.85 2.63 4.08 1.45
Heston London 1,821 1,837 0.88 3.96 4.17 0.21
Knighton East Midlands 2,059 1,816 -11.80 3.63 3.33 -0.30
Queensbury London 1,995 1,808 -9.37 5.20 4.73 -0.47
 
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