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|Notable British people of Iranian origin: Top: Omid Djalili, Catherine Bell Second: Shirin Guild, Kia Joorabchian Third: Shusha GuppyBottom:Christiane Amanpour, Darius Danesh, Camila Batmanghelidjh|
|Iranian-born residents 42,494 (2001 Census figure) 58,000 (2009 ONS estimate) Other population estimates 75,000 (Iranian embassy 2004 estimate)|
|In descending order: London, Manchester, Bradford, Leeds, Glasgow, Newcastle, Southampton, Slough|
Iranian people, Iranian Americans, Iranian Australians, Iranian Canadians
Iranians in the United Kingdom, also referred to as British Iranians, consist of people of Iranian nationality who have settled in the United Kingdom, as well as British residents and citizens of Iranian heritage. According to the 2001 Census, 42,494 Iranian-born people reside in the UK. This figure is thought to have risen to 58,000 by 2009, according to National Statistics estimates.
The vast majority of Iranians in the UK arrived after the Iranian Revolution of 1979. In the following five years, an estimated 8,000 Iranian asylum seekers arrived in the country. The 1981 census showed 28,617 persons born in Iran (18,132 men, 10,485 women). Iranians were not separately distinguished in the 1991 census. The 2001 census recorded 42,494 persons born in Iran. The Office for National Statistics estimates that, in 2009, 58,000 Iranian-born people were living in the UK. In 2004, the Iranian embassy in London estimated that as many as 75,000 Iranians might reside in the country. Most adults are themselves immigrants; the second generation are quite young, and so there are relatively few adults of Iranian background born and raised in the UK.Religion
Iran is a primarily Shia country, a fact reflected in the migrant population in the UK. However, there are also Iranian Sufi orders in London. Some Iranians in the UK have converted from Islam to some form of Christianity. There is also an active Jewish community among the Iranians in London.Culture
In the UK, Iranian restaurants have not been particularly successful in comparison to other restaurants serving the cuisine of minority ethnicities. Thus, most such food is prepared by women and consumed at home in a family context.