British Moroccans

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British Moroccans
Total population
Moroccan-born residents
12,348 (2001 Census)
Other population estimates
34,000 (2015 ONS estimate)
Regions with significant populations
London, Edinburgh, Slough, St Albans, Crawley, Trowbridge, Manchester[1]
British English, Moroccan Arabic, Berber, French
Predominantly Islam (Sunni); minority Christianity (Catholicism and Protestantism), Judaism
Related ethnic groups
British Arabs, Moroccan diaspora

British Moroccans are citizens and/or residents of the United Kingdom whose ethnic origins lie fully or partially in Morocco.

Migration history[edit]

Mass migration from Morocco to the United Kingdom began in the 1960s, primarily consisting of migrant workers recruited to work in the hotel and catering industries. The community has grown significantly due to high birth rates as well as sponsored migration of dependents.[2]

Population and distribution[edit]

The 2001 Census recorded 12,348 Moroccan-born people residing in the UK.[3] 2009 estimates reported by the Runymede Trust suggested between 65,000 and 70,000 people of Moroccan origin reside in the UK.[1] The Office for National Statistics estimates the Moroccan-born population to have been 34,000 in 2015.[4] Outside of London, Trowbridge, the county town of Wiltshire, has the highest population of Moroccans in the UK.[5]

The National Association of British Arabs categorises Morocco-born immigrants as Arabs. Based on census data, it indicates that they are the sixth largest population of British Arabs by country of birth.[6]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b Cherti, Myriam (2009), British Moroccans: Citizenship in Action, Runnymede Trust, ISBN 978-1-906732-20-2, retrieved 2009-08-07 
  2. ^ Rhanem, Karima (2005-06-21), "Darija in London's Notting Hill: Moroccan community in GB struggle for recognition", Morocco Times, archived from the original on 2006-01-29, retrieved 2009-08-17 
  3. ^ Country-of-birth database, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, archived from the original on 2009-06-17, retrieved 2008-12-02 
  4. ^ "Table 1.3: Overseas-born population in the United Kingdom, excluding some residents in communal establishments, by sex, by country of birth, January 2015 to December 2015". Office for National Statistics. 25 August 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2017.  Figure given is the central estimate. See the source for 95% confidence intervals.
  5. ^ "Backing for link to Morocco", Wiltshire Times, 2006-09-22, retrieved 2008-12-02 
  6. ^ "REPORT ON THE 2011 CENSUS – MAY 2013 – Arabs and Arab League Population in the UK – Appendix 6 – Countries of Birth of UK Arabs". National Association of British Arabs. Retrieved 22 December 2015. 

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