British Sindhis

British Sindhis are British citizens or residents who are of Sindhi origin.[lower-greek 1] They comprise a sizable segment of the British Pakistani and British Indian communities.[1]

British Sindhis
Total population
25,000 (2011)
Regions with significant populations
Mainly England · Smaller communities in Scotland and Wales
Languages
Sindhi · British English · Urdu or Hindi
Religion
Islam · Hinduism
Related ethnic groups
Sindhi diaspora · British Pakistanis · British Indians

History

The Sindhis originate from the Sindh region of southern Pakistan. Most Pakistani Sindhi immigrants are Muslims, with a minority of Hindus.[1] Indian Sindhis, on the other hand, are mostly Hindus. They are secondary migrants, moving from Sindh to India following the 1947 partition of India and later settling in the UK.[1] There are also a smaller number of Christians.[1]

Demographics

Estimates of the total Sindhi population in the UK range from 15,000 to 30,000.[2][3] According to Ethnologue, there are over 25,000 Sindhi-speakers in the country.[4] Some Sindhis are notable businesspeople, such as Sonu Shivdasani and the Hinduja family.[5] There is a small Sindhi community in Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory. The community dates back to 1860 and the majority

possesses British citizenship.[2]

See also

Notes

  1. Sindhi: برطانوي سنڌي (Arabic); ब्रिटेन जा सिंधी (Devanagari)

References

  1. David, Maya Khemlani (2 May 2001). "The Sindhi Hindus of London – Language Maintenance or Language Shift?". Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University of Malaya.
  2. Alfonso, Carolin; Kokot, Waltraud; Tölölyan, Khachig (2004). Diaspora, Identity and Religion: New Directions in Theory and Research. Routledge. p. 198, 300. ISBN 9781134390359.
  3. Payne, J.D. (2012). Strangers Next Door: Immigration, Migration and Mission. InterVarsity Press. p. 184. ISBN 9780830863419.
  4. "United Kingdom". Ethnologue. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  5. Roy, Amit (15 September 1990). "The Asian millionaires". India Today. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
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