British and Irish Diaspora’s… August 19, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Thought this was fascinating, the way in which the respective diaspora’s are treated on wiki. For Britain it is contemporary British citizens living abroad. In the case of Ireland it is populations of Irish heritage. Both raise interesting facts. For example the sheer number of those of Irish heritage in Argentina is astounding – a good million. Even the number of those in the US, 33 million who can claim Irish heritage is a massive number. And proportionately it is about the same in the UK, 10% or so (or 14 million in the latter case). Which makes it a bit frustrating given that the comparison on the British diaspora page is with current residents here – just shy of 300,000 in the RoI.
Spain, it has to be noted, is enormously popular with the British. Three quarters of a million live there, more than the US, and a bit over half of the number in Australia. Indeed I was a bit surprised that Canada and the US have similar numbers of British citizens in them. I love it when we get to the 100s. There’s a small crew in Albania and for some reason this also surprised me, Cuba.
And what of the places with next to no British. Benin. Burkina Faso. Chad. Or closer to home Belarus or Armenia.
Granted these are official or semi-official estimates.