British people of Antiguan descent (i.e. citizens or residents of the United Kingdom who can trace their roots to the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda) are a subgroup of the British African-Caribbean community and the larger Black British population.
The islands of Antigua and Barbuda, originally inhabited by Carib Indians was colonized by Britain in 1632. The population soon became predominantly Black African as slaves where brought across the Atlantic to work in sugar plantations. Antigua and Barbuda remained under British rule until 1967 when it gained its independence. After World War II, the UK's economy was in decline, and to boost the nations workforce it looked towards its former colonies, including Antigua and Barbuda for people willing to move to the UK for work, this is when the first large wave of Antiguans came to the UK. Today the British-Antiguan relationship is described as excellent by the the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, hence the UK being a popular destination for Antiguan emmigrants, alongside the strong cultural links as a result of the British rule stated before.
According to the 2001 UK Census, around 4,000 people born in Antigua and Barbuda were living in the United Kingdom, this represents around 1.5% of all Caribbean born people living in the country. In 2001, Antigua and Barbuda was the 11th most common birthplace in the Caribbean for British people and 109th most common out of all nations. It is unknown how many British born people are of Antigua and Barbuda descent, despite Black Caribbean being an official ethnic group in the UK census, this wasn't subcategorised to allow people to claim heritage in the Caribbean nation, and this isn't even considering recent immigrants or those of partial Antiguan descent. Out of the 565,900 Afro-Caribbeans in the UK in 2001, only 254,740 where born in the Caribbean. The majority of Antiguans in the UK can be found in London (including Bow, Hackney, Leyton, Harlesden and Tottenham), Birmingham, Leicester and Manchester.
This is a list of famous British people of Antigua and Barbuda descent.
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