The Changing Chinese Community in London: New Migration, New Needs

Research Team: Tom Lam, Rosemary Sales, Alessio D’Angelo, Nicola Montagna, Xia Lin

London’s Chinese community is growing rapidly. New migrants from different regions and backgrounds are coming to Britain in search of work and new opportunities, to study or for asylum. The Chinese community is long established and has a highly visible presence in central London’s famous ‘Chinatown’. The community is also largely ‘invisible’. It has been relatively little studied and is generally not perceived as presenting ‘problems’ although research already undertaken suggests that social exclusion and isolation are widespread.

This two-year research project was funded by the Big Lottery Fund and carried out jointly by the Chinese in Britain Forum and Middlesex University. It examines recent Chinese migration to London and aims to provide information about the needs of the changing Chinese community.