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Overview
The Sri Lanka-born presence in Britain is down to both historic links and asylum movements caused by its long and bitter civil war.

The overwhelming majority live in London about 50,000 in 2001 although there have been proportionately significant arrivals to communities in the East and West Midlands.

About a tenth of British areas have no Sri Lankan-born people in their neighbourhoods, but London has seen some interesting changes in the past 10 years.

It appears from the data that Sri Lanka-born families are moving from inner London areas to outer London, a trend seen in the history of many immigrant communities.

Concentrations of people born in Sri Lanka
Concentrations of people born in Sri Lanka
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
67,832 people born in Sri Lanka were identified by the 2001 Census an increase of 72% on 1991.

0.12% of the British population in 2001 were born in Sri Lanka. The majority were recorded in London where they made up 0.7% of the city's population.

58% more Sri Lanka-born people lived in the East Midlands in 2001 than in 1991 although this is less than 1,300 people in total.

493 Sri Lanka-born people are in the North East, the smallest group in any of the 11 nations and regions of Britain.


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Distribution of people born in Sri Lanka
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
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1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Whole of Britain 39,402 67,832 72.15 0.07 0.12 0.05
 
London 25,832 49,925 93.27 0.39 0.70 0.31
East Midlands 776 1,228 58.25 0.02 0.03 0.01
West Midlands 920 1,366 48.48 0.02 0.03 0.01
Scotland 682 946 38.71 0.01 0.02 0.01
South East 4,546 6,082 33.79 0.06 0.08 0.02
East of England 2,755 3,628 31.69 0.05 0.07 0.02
North East 375 493 31.47 0.01 0.02 0.01
North West 998 1,297 29.96 0.01 0.02 0.01
South West 1,178 1,433 21.65 0.03 0.03 0.00
Yorks & Humber 773 863 11.64 0.02 0.02 0.00
Wales 567 571 0.71 0.02 0.02 0.00

Most popular areas
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area Regions 1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Rayners Lane London 627 2,379 279.43 1.30 4.59 3.29
East Ham S London 937 2,009 114.41 1.79 3.19 1.40
Wembley London 1,150 1,904 65.57 2.58 5.42 2.84
Mitcham London 830 1,848 122.65 2.04 3.87 1.83
Southall W London 694 1,706 145.82 1.13 2.65 1.52
Sudbury London 440 1,635 271.59 1.23 3.32 2.09
Selhurst London 500 1,584 216.80 0.94 2.55 1.61
Greenhill London 583 1,534 163.12 1.03 2.62 1.59
Greenford London 402 1,292 221.39 0.73 1.98 1.25
East Ham N London 646 1,053 63.00 1.43 2.10 0.67
 
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