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The UK’s office for national statistics has published new data showing how many foreign nationals are currently living in the country.

Here’s the number of Nigerians that are Currently Living in the UK
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The data – which is based on the country’s annual population survey – shows the number of overseas-born people (by country) which live permanently in the UK as of the end of June 2019.

The survey shows that country with the largest overseas population is India, with an estimated 837,000 Indian people currently living in the UK.

This is closely followed by Poland (827,000 people) and Pakistan (533,000 people) who ranked in second and third place respectively.

Nigeria was ranked in tenth position, with an estimated 207,000 people currently living in the UK’ making the country the second ranked African country with the highest population in the UK, the first been South Africa with a population of 255,000.

Country Total population
India 837,000
Poland 827,000
Pakistan 533,000
Romania 434,000
Republic of Ireland 358,000
Germany 305,000
Bangladesh 259,000
South Africa 255,000
Italy 246,000
Nigeria 207,000

Many Nigerians who move to the UK, settle down in areas of the country with existing Nigerian communities, providing a bit of a home away from home.

Unsurprisingly, the largest Nigerian population in the UK, can be found in multi-cultural London. It is estimated that around 97,000 of the 207,000 Nigerians in the UK live there.

Within London, the largest Nigerian communities can be found in:
Southwark (11,000)
Greenwich (14,000)
Barking and Dagenham (9,000)

Outside of the Nigerian community in London, the rest of the UK’s Nigerian population is more spread out.

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Other sizeable communities can be found in:

Greater Manchester (13,000), of which 7,000 live in Manchester and 3,000 in Salford.
Leeds (4,000)
Coventry (4,000)
Gravesham (4,000)



Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

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