consists of people of Bangladeshi descent who
have immigrated to or were born in another country. First generation
migrants may have moved abroad from
for better living
conditions, to escape poverty, to support their financial condition or
to send money back to families in Bangladesh. Annual remittances
were 15.4 billion dollars as of
There is a large
population in Saudi Arabia,
where there are almost 1.2 million. There are also significant
migrant communities in various Arab states of the Persian Gulf,
United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
and Kuwait, where Bangladeshis
are mainly classified as foreign workers. The United Kingdom's 2001
census found 300,000 (500,000 in 2009 census) British Bangladeshi
mainly concentrated in east London boroughs (Tower Hamlets and
Newham); the migration to Britain is mainly linked with chain
migration from the
region (95% of the UK-Bangladeshi population
are from the
region who regarded as
the UK and Middle East, Bangladeshis also have a significant presence
in the United States, mainly in New York City (where many are also
from Sylhet, Chittagong, and other regions) and Paterson in New
Jersey, in East and Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, South
Korea and Japan, and in other Western countries such as Italy, Canada,
1 West Asia
1.1 Saudi Arabia
1.2 United Arab Emirates
2 South Asia
3 East and Southeast Asia
3.2 South Korea
4 Western world
4.1 United Kingdom
4.2 United States
5 See also
A Bangladeshi family in Saudi Arabia.
Main article: Bangladeshis in the Middle East
Bangladeshis in the Middle East form the largest part of the worldwide
Bangladeshi diaspora. Approximately 2,820,000 live within the Middle
East, with half of them in Saudi Arabia, and a quarter of them in the
United Arab Emirates. Bangladeshis who come to the Middle East are
primarily guest workers or day labourers.
Saudi Arabia has over two million Bangladeshis, making it the largest
Bangladeshi diaspora community.
Bangladesh is one of the largest
labour suppliers to Saudi Arabia, in 2007 Bangladeshi workers obtained
the biggest share, with 23.50 per cent of the 1.5 million Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
Main article: Bangladeshis in the United Arab Emirates
There are over a million Bangladeshis residing in the United Arab
Emirates as of 2013.
Qatar has about 280,000 Bangladeshis as of the end of 2015.
Main article: Bangladeshis in India
Main article: Bangladeshis in Maldives
According to the Maldivian foreign ministry; some 50,000 Bangladeshi
were working in there in 2011, a nation of only around 400,000 people,
with a third having no valid documents or registration.
East and Southeast Asia
Main article: Bangladeshis in Malaysia
Malaysia form a large proportion of Malaysia's foreign
labour force. Their population was estimated to total 221,000 persons,
roughly one-eighth of all the foreign workers in
Malaysia as of
South Korea relations
In South Korea, there are more than 13,000 Bangladeshi foreign workers
in the country. A few of them include illegal immigrants. This has led
to some prejudice towards Bangladeshi immigrants, an issue recently
tackled by the 2009 Korean film Bandhobi, directed by Sin
Main article: Bangladeshis in Japan
Japan (在日バングラデシュ人, Zainichi
Banguradeshujin) form one of the smaller populations of foreigners in
Japan. As of 2005, Japan's Ministry of Justice recorded 11,055
Bangladeshi nationals among the total population of registered
foreigners in Japan.
Main article: British Bangladeshi
Sylheti diaspora and Sylhet
British Bangladeshi community is one of the largest immigrant
communities in the United Kingdom, and is well established in many
parts of the UK, most notably London, mainly in the East London
boroughs, of which the Tower Hamlets has the highest percentage of
Bangladeshis with about 33% of the borough's total population. The
national census of ethnicity and identity found over 400,000 (95% are
Sylheti) people had Bangladeshi heritage in Britain. There is also a
significant community in and around Westminster. Outside London,
Westwood, Greater Manchester
Westwood, Greater Manchester has the second largest concentration of
Bangladeshi diaspora in the United Kingdom.
People from current
Bangladesh or the entire region of Bengal
including current West Bengal, India, were first present in the United
Kingdom when Sylhetis arrived as lascars on ships during the 18th
century to 19th century, and throughout the years this has created
connections with Sylhet. Large numbers arrived during the 1970s mainly
Sylhet region, for the need to find work and earn a better
living. The influence of Bangladeshi culture and diversity can be seen
across London in boroughs such as Tower Hamlets, Newham, Camden and
Southwark. The street of
Brick Lane has a large history of
Bangladeshis and has officially been dubbed as "Banglatown", and has
hundreds of "Indian" restaurants nearly all owned by Sylheti
Main article: Bangladeshi American
The census in 2000, found up to 95,300 were born in Bangladesh,
therefore it is estimated there are at least 150,000 Bangladeshis in
the United States. It was until the 1990s when Bangladeshis, many from
Dhaka, Chittagong, and Sylhet, started to move to the United States,
and settled in urban areas such as New York, Paterson in New Jersey,
Philadelphia, and Washington D.C.. Although recent findings claim that
Bangladeshis started arriving during the late 19th centuries from the
southern part of current Bangladesh. In some parts of
Manhattan in New York City, there are Bangladeshi restaurant owners of
Bangladeshi, Indian, and Pakistani restaurants. The Baishakhi Mela
celebration of the
Bengali New Year
Bengali New Year is also held by the Bangladeshi
American communities in New York, Paterson, Philadelphia, Washington,
D.C., and other cities annually. The street of 3rd Street, Los Angeles
has a large history of Bangladeshis and has officially been dubbed as
"Little Bangladesh". However, some Bangladeshis residing in New York
have settled in newer areas, such as Hamtramck, Michigan, Buffalo, New
York, Paterson, New Jersey, and many other nearby states due to lower
living costs and better job opportunities. Many Bangladeshis in New
York City are often Taxi Drivers, Fast-Food Chain Workers, Restaurant
Main article: Bangladeshis in Italy
Bangladeshis are one of the largest immigrant populations in Italy. As
of 2013, there were more than 113,811 Bangladeshis living in Italy.
Most of the Bangladeshis in
Italy are based in Lazio, Lombardy and
Veneto with large concentrations in Rome, Milan and Venice.
Main article: Bangladeshi Canadian
Bangladeshi Canadian refers to a person of Bangladeshi background born
Canada or a Bangladeshi that has migrated to Canada.Before 1971
Bengali people came to
Canada as East Pakistani. Main influx
of migration of Bangladeshi started early 80's. Back in 1988, about
700 Bangladeshi families lived in Toronto, though about another 900
families were living in Montreal. When Canadian Immigration opened up
with Independent Category, huge number of educated Bangladeshis moved
to Canada. Under Investor
Category about 1100 families moved to Canada
since 2015. By 2017 June, it is estimated that around 354,595
Bangladeshi people live in Canada, primarily in the provinces
Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, and Alberta. The cities they live
in include Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, and
Like most immigrants to Canada,
Bangladeshi Canadians are distinct
Bangladeshi diaspora groups because they are split between
French-speaking and English-speaking Bangladeshi Canadians. This
distinction is most obvious in eastern Canada.
Main article: Bangladeshi Australian
Australia are one of the smallest immigrant
communities living in Australia. There are around 20,000 Bangladeshis
in Australia. The largest Bangladeshi communities are mainly present
in the states of
New South Wales
New South Wales and Victoria, with large
concentrations in the cities of Sydney and Melbourne.
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