Research by the University of London has found that there are now some 113,000 Latin Americans in London, up from 31,000 in 2001.There were 186,500 Latin Americans in 2008 and increasing numbers continue to arrive from other European countries, displaced by the financial crisis. Currently, the main nationalities of this highly diverse, culturally reach community are Brazilians, Colombians, Ecuadorians, Bolivians and Peruvians.
The report says some 85% of the Latin American community are employed.Many are often in jobs they are over-qualified for, and very few take state benefits. Latin Americans have been officially recognised as an ethnic group by the London Boroughs of Southwark, Lambeth, Islington, and Hackney. Recognition has brought important changes for the local population, fostering the inclusion of Latin Americans at all levels from access to services to political representation.