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Chileans in the United Kingdom

Chileans in the United Kingdom are people of Chilean origin living in the United Kingdom.

Chileans in the United Kingdom
Total population
Chilean-born residents
5,131 (2001 census)
7,139 (2011 census)
Regions with significant populations
London, Midlands, South East England, North West England
English (British English)
Spanish (Chilean Spanish)
Predominantly Christianity
(Roman Catholic, Protestantism, Evangelical)
Related ethnic groups
Chilean people • Latin Americans in the United Kingdom • Spaniards in the United Kingdom • Hispanic • Latino • British Chilean



When approximately 2,500 Chilean exiles (including businessmen, professors, and students) arrived in Great Britain escaping the right wing military coup d'etat of September 11, 1973, they were met by a small community of Latin people who were already there. In the 1970s right-wingers fled the Allende administration, and later persecuted Allende's sympathizers escaped the Pinochet regime. The Chilean community has settled well in the country, and the majority are of European ancestry.[1][2][3][4] The size of the Chilean British population is hard to estimate as many have gone back to Chile, or move fluidly between several places.[5]


At the time of the 2001 UK Census, 5,131 Chilean-born people were living in the UK.[6] The 2011 census recorded 6,456 Chilean-born residents in England, 120 in Wales,[7] 495 in Scotland[8] and 68 in Northern Ireland.[9]

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