The Goan community of London
The Goans uprooted
As British passport holders, the Asians of East Africa were forced to leave the region – and this migration accelerated after 1967. This became known as the 'Exodus'. The expulsion of the Goans from Uganda in 1972 resulted in a further increase in the London Goan community, though most of them settled in Canada.
The composition of the present Goan population of London is quite different from that of Goa. This British Asian community is almost entirely from the largest region of Goa, and particularly from three original coastal counties (talukas) known as the Old Conquests.
The London community
The London community is 98% Catholic and English-speaking, and over 90% of the community has historical links with East Africa. By contrast the population of Goa:
As the Goan community is predominantly middle class it has tended to move away from the inner city areas, where most of them first settled.
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