British immigration policy since 1939 The making of by Ian R.G. Spencer

By Ian R.G. Spencer

British immigration coverage considering 1939

In the gap of below part a century, Britain has shifted from being a nearly all-white society to at least one within which ethnicity and race are major social and political elements. This e-book strains the chronology of this transition from the second one international struggle, during the first restrictive laws on immigration within the Sixties, to the advance of strong ethnic groups in smooth British society.

Based on an in depth learn of lately published archival fabric, Ian Spencer’s ebook is exclusive in its assurance of post-war immigration from a old viewpoint. From this facts, Spencer contends that the payment of black and Asian humans used to be no longer welcomed at any level through the British executive. the writer records the restrictive measures which didn't hinder the fast inflow within the overdue Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties of individuals from a wide selection of backgrounds and nationalities who displayed enormous initiative in overcoming stumbling blocks put of their way.

Ian R.G.Spencer is an self sustaining advisor operating in schooling and equivalent possibilities. he's the previous Head of heritage, De Montfort college, Leicester.

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2 Residents of late eighteenth-century England would surely have been rendered speechless with incredulity by the recent claim of a historian that, by 1772—considered by many to have been the apogee of black society—Britain had ‘ceased to be a white man’s country’. 3 It is clear from even a cursory glance at Britain’s past that it has become a multi-racial society only very recently. Whilst prejudice has, no doubt, tended to suppress the history of Asian and black Britain, another important part of the explanation for the fact that it has remained hidden is that, until the last thirty or forty years, the size of the Asian and black communities has remained very small, their location scattered and their influence slight.

Historians had already taken up the challenge of providing an account of the past against which contemporary movements and issues could be discussed. In their effort to supply historical background for the post-war Asian and black presence in Britain many writers asserted or implied that Britain had always been a multi-racial society. 2 Residents of late eighteenth-century England would surely have been rendered speechless with incredulity by the recent claim of a historian that, by 1772—considered by many to have been the apogee of black society—Britain had ‘ceased to be a white man’s country’.

Title. Debs. Debs. House of Lords Debates HO Home Office IWA Indian Workers Association LAB Ministry of Labour MT Ministry of Transport [PPS]PS [Parliamentary] Private Secretary xi Preface It hardly needs to be said that the making of multi-racial Britain is a very important subject. It is concerned with nothing less than a rapid and quite unprecedented demographic and cultural transformation of British society. In the space of half a century, between 1940 and 1990, communities of Indian sub-continental, Caribbean and African origin have grown from a small fraction of 1 per cent of the total population of Britain to almost 6 per cent.

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