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Latin London

Working with the London Latin American community to provide a comprehensive overview of the characteristics of the Latin American population living and working in London.

  • School/Institute/Department: School of Geography
  • Subjects: Latin American communities, Life Sciences
  • Audience: General Public

The School of Geography has a long history of engaged research surrounding the Latin American Community in London, led by Professor Cathy McIlwainein collaboration with the Latin American Women's Rights Service and the Trust for London.

The research provides a comprehensive overview of the characteristics of the Latin American population living and working in London. London was chosen as the main location for the research for two main reasons; first, because the majority of Latin Americans in the UK are concentrated here and second, because London is the geographical remit of the two organisations who commissioned the research.

The research responds to the lack of existing information on this community (although there is some research on the community, it is still limited). The project is based is the first compilation of official statistical data sources on Latin Americans in London in order to provide an estimate of the size of the population. The project is also the first large-scale quantitative survey of the Latin American community in the city across a wide range of nationalities and socio-economic groups.

The research had four main objectives:

  • To provide an estimate of the size of the Latin American population living and working in London.
  • To undertake quantitative research that provides an analysis of some key economic and social features of the Latin American community in London.
  • To undertake new qualitative research to explore the meaning and causes of the quantitative findings including motivations for migration to London, economic choices, barriers to accessing services and support.
  • To identify the key unmet needs of the Latin American community in London.

The research addresses the migration experiences of Latin Americans in London, including their working and social lives as well as the linkages they maintain with their home countries. It also identifies the services used by Latin Americans as well as their main needs and the types of projects they require to meet these needs.

To find out more about the project, see the report and findings here.

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