Photo: Latinos in London
As news of the increasing Latino population in the United States continues to make headlines – especially with elections recently past and upcoming – London, England has seen a near 400 percent increase in its Latin American inhabitants, according to research.
The increase, the report by the University of London said, is has raised the Latin American population in London from 31,000 in 2001 to about 113,000 today. This number includes those who arrived legally, illegally, and those who were born in the city.
The report also states that around 85 percent of the Latin American community is employed, and that they work jobs for which they are over-qualified, with very few taking any state benefits. Many earn below-average salaries and live in bad housing.
Integration remains an issue, as nearly one third of London’s Latino community speaks English.
The largest Latino group in London and the United Kingdom in general is made up of those from Brazil.
The Latin American population in London now tops the 122,000 Polish population that also has a large presence in London.