It is estimated that about half a million British-Bangladeshis today live in the UK, some of whose ancestors came to the UK before World War I. They occupy an important place in the evolving Bangladesh – UK relations primarily because of the close link the members of the community maintained with Bangladesh in terms of social/family engagements as well as business and investment interests. The British-Bangladeshis played a pivotal role in mobilizing international public opinion in favour of Bangladesh’s War of Independence in 1971. Due to their relentless efforts, London emerged as an epicenter of support activity for Bangladesh at that time. The community in Britain contributes significantly to the British economy as well. They run some 10,000 restaurants (thus forming the mainstay of British curry industry) that are largely manned by people of Bangladeshi origin. These restaurants employ about 90,000 workers with an annual turnover of around £3.5 billion.
The British-Bangladeshi Community is thriving in the United Kingdom; perhaps their third or even fourth generations are on their way to establishing themselves in the mainstream British business, commerce and politics. They are increasingly making position in the mainstream Political parties and Local decision-making bodies. The community has earned for itself a respectable position in the mainstream British society with a large number having been awarded the titles like Member or Order of the British Empire (MBE or OBE) in recognition of their contributions to the British society. Around 100 British-Bangladeshi Councilors are playing constructive role in the Councils. Some of them are entrusted with responsibilities of Mayors and Leaders of the Council. The Community has got its first ever MP of Bangladeshi origin elected to the British Parliament.
The High Commission attaches priority to its interaction and engagement with the community. Each year, the High Commission promotes assists and participates hundreds of events organized by numerous community organizations.
Reception to Elected Representatives in UK
The High Commission accorded reception on 04 October 2010 in honour of the first British-Bangladeshi elected as Member of Parliament Ms. Rushanara Ali and some 70 British-Bangladeshi Councillors elected around the UK. Former Hon’ble Foreign Minister Dr. Dipu Moni and Mayor of Sylhet Mr. Bador Uddin Ahmed Kamran were present at the event.