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Hungarians in the United Kingdom
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Notable Hungarian Britons (left to right):
Rachel Weisz, Michael Polanyi, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, Emeric Pressburger, Georgia Slowe, Georg Solti
Total population
Hungarian-born residents
13,159 (2001 Census)
26,000 (2008 ONS estimate)
Regions with significant populations
London and Southeastern United Kingdom

English, Hungarian


Christianity (Roman Catholic & Protestantism), Judaism.

Hungarians in the United Kingdom include Hungarian born immigrants to the UK and their descendants, of which there is a substantial number of.



The first Hungarian student known by name to have matriculated at Oxford was one Nicolaus de Ungeria, and it is likely that he spent some time in London. Scores of Hungarian students came to study at English and Scottish universities, but the first to settle in London for good was János Bánffyhunyadi (1576-1646) in 1608. He dabbled in alchemy and became a lecturer in chemistry at Gresham College. Marrying an Englishwoman, he had a house in London which was often visited by his fellow countrymen passing through. In 1659, after a short spell in Oxford, Pál Jászberényi settled in London, where he opened a public school for the children of noblemen. He taught them Latin, using innovative techniques. One of the most resourceful scholars who made their home in the London of Pepys and Wren was János Mezolaki. He was teaching Latin and philosophy. He died as a patient of Bedlam, in 1693.[1]

Many Hungarians (as with other displaced persons from Eastern Europe) came to Britain during and after World War II. Also, up to 200,000 Hungarians left after the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and settled across the Western world. This included refugees to the UK [2] such as the actor, Sandor Eles.

Since Hungary joined the European Union in 2004, the UK's Hungarian population has begun to grow significantly. Hungarians have been arriving in the UK to work not only in the service industries and as au pairs, but also as doctors or employees of large financial institutions. The Office for National Statistics estimates that, as of 2008, 26,000 Hungarian-born people were resident in the UK,[3] compared to 13,159 at the time of the 2001 UK Census.[4]

Famous Britons with Hungarian ancestry

See also



  • Zakar, Dr. Andras: The Persecution of Jews in Hungary and the Catholic Church [1]

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