Somali in United Kingdom






Largest Religion

Main Language


Somali People Video

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Introduction / History

It is believed that the U.K. has more Somalis than anywhere else in Europe. The first Somali immigrants were merchants and seamen who came in the 1800s. A few arrived in World War II with the Royal Navy and remained. In the last two decades of the twentieth century, many Somalis came to the U.K. and they make the most numbers of the present Somali population.

By the end of the last century, about 53 per cent of applications in Europe from Somali asylum seekers were made in the U.K. Many of them came from Ethiopia and other neighboring countries. Many were women and children as the men had been killed or remained in Somalia to fight in the civil war. (Maybe the problems caused by the war could lead some to Jesus Christ).

Further migration of Somalis to the U.K. was from the Netherlands and also from Denmark and Sweden. Many wanted to be with families and friends. They are Muslims with the majority being Sunni Muslims. They have some mosques.

Among the Somalis in the U.K. are sports people like Mo Farah the double Olympic gold medalist at 5000 and 10000 meters in the 2012 Olympic games. There are film makers and local politicians among them. Some have their own businesses such as internet cafes, restaurants, hairdressing salons and travel agencies.

Most Somalis in the U.K. live in London, others in Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Leicester, Sheffield, Liverpool and also in Cardiff (in Wales). Lesser numbers are in other cities and large towns in the U.K.

The main language of the Somalis in the U.K. is Somali. Some speak Arabic and English is spoken also. Though they are generally well educated, many are semi-skilled and unskilled workers. Most Somalis live in rented accommodation. In 2011, the Council of Somali organizations came into being to represent the community institutions living here. Khat chewing is enjoyed with many Somalis and is causing concern as it could cause health problems.

Most Somalis in the U.K. listen for news and information on the BBC Somali Service. They listen to it on satellite radio and on the internet.



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Prayer Links
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People Name General Somali
People Name in Country Somali
Population in United Kingdom 54,000
World Population 19,495,000
Countries 22
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Issa, Ogaden, Sab, Shabelle
Affinity Bloc Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster Somali
People Name General Somali
Ethnic Code CMT33e
People ID 14983

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Somali (54,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Somali 54,000
For Primary Language: Somali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1915-1935)
New Testament Yes   (1972-1976)
Complete Bible Yes   (1979)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: Kitaabka Quduuska Ah Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Somali Bible Text / Printed Matter
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Somali Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Islam

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Other Christian
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Roman Catholic
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Video Source: LinkUp Africa
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