How have immigrants contributed to British Society?

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  • How have immigrants contributed to British Society?
    • Even though there were events where the whole of Britain seemed to hate immigrants, most of the British people were not racist or predejuiced.
      • Some people welcomed the immigrants in quiet and puropseful ways
        • Many people in the run-down areas of Britain's big cities found the new arrivals to be good neighbours and many friendships were created
        • For example, during the Notting Hill riots in 1958, there are numerous accounts of the local white people helping their balck neighbours.
        • Trade unions also supported campaigns to stop discrimination in the workplace. Some of the members did not agree wit this.
        • Another group of people wecomed were the employers.
          • For example, in Bradford, many of the textile mills were on the verge of closure as owners could not balance their books. But thanks to a large number of hardworking immigrants willing work for low wages, these mills were saved.
        • The impacts that immigration has had on Britain proved Enoch Powell wrong. His belief that if the populaton of immigrants outgrows the population of white Britain, then there will be chaos is definitely been proven wrong.
          • Yes, discrimnation and predejuice is still a common problem in Britain today however,it is still standing. The question is for the future on what shpe multicultural Britain will be
    • Contribution
      • Some individuals made an immense contribution to Britain's overall economay and culture since the 1950's
    • Pulic Services
      • If it wasn't for the contribution of immigrants, Britain's main public services would have been brought to a halt.
        • By the mid 1970's, the NHS were heavily reliant on the huge staff of porters, cleaners, nurses doctors, surgeons and cosultants. A large number of these workers were immigrants or had immigrant roots.
          • It is slightly ironic that Enoch Powell was one of the biggest recruiters of immigrant doctors.
            • His campaign led to the arrival of 18,000 doctors who effectively made what the NHS is today.
      • It was not just the NHS of course. London Transport and London Underground were the first big employers of immigrants.
        • Soon enough, many towns and cities relied on immigrants to run essential services like transport and sanitation.
      • Recruits from immigrant backgrounds also played a huge role in the armed forces, especially today.
    • Economy
      • There were two main reasons for immigrants coming to Britain:
        • One was to send money home to their families for better eduction, health, general well-being and debts.
          • As a result, they were prepared to take on any jobs that were offered to them and work until they had enough money t be successful. Often, the ambition was to get enough money to buy a new home.
            • Here are some example of individuals success:
              • Perez came from a farming family in Pakistan in 1956. He drove buses in Bradford and saved enough money to buy a convinience store in London in 1962. By 1999, he was worth £130 million.
              • Shahad Hussein was a cookery teacher who became the cheif advisor to M&S on their Asian foods.
              • Gulam Kaderbhoy Noon came to Britain in 1969. His supermarkets are now estimated to be worth around £480 million.
              • Asians also prospered in the clothing trade. Ciro Cetterio and Joe Bloggs were both created by Asian immigrants.
            • Another key feature of Asian contribution to the economy is the corner shop.
              • By the 1960s, local stores were clsong down because of competition from department stores and supermarkets.
              • Asian entrepeneurs revived thhis type of business. They provided local communities with a service which was much appreciated and successful.
        • The other was to better themselves in terms of helth, education and standard of living.
          • As a result, they were prepared to take on any jobs that were offered to them and work until they had enough money t be successful. Often, the ambition was to get enough money to buy a new home.
            • Here are some example of individuals success:
              • Perez came from a farming family in Pakistan in 1956. He drove buses in Bradford and saved enough money to buy a convinience store in London in 1962. By 1999, he was worth £130 million.
              • Shahad Hussein was a cookery teacher who became the cheif advisor to M&S on their Asian foods.
              • Gulam Kaderbhoy Noon came to Britain in 1969. His supermarkets are now estimated to be worth around £480 million.
              • Asians also prospered in the clothing trade. Ciro Cetterio and Joe Bloggs were both created by Asian immigrants.
            • Another key feature of Asian contribution to the economy is the corner shop.
              • By the 1960s, local stores were clsong down because of competition from department stores and supermarkets.
              • Asian entrepeneurs revived thhis type of business. They provided local communities with a service which was much appreciated and successful.
    • Culture
      • One of the biggest effects of immigrantion is the impact it has had on Britain's eating habits.
        • Italian immigrants brought coffee bars, ice cream parlours and Berni Inns to Britian which lightened up the drab post-war years.
        • Immigrants from Cyprus brought exotic food to their restaurants and delicatessens.
        • The Indian immigrants are well-known for their curries. There were almost 2000 Indian restaurants in Britain by 1976. This is a similar story with Chinese food.
      • Immigrantion has also had a huge impct of British music
        • The Beatles music was influenced by Indian music and instruments.
        • However, the group which had the biggest impact on music and dance was probably the Afro-Carribean community.
          • The most well-known event was the Notting Hiill carnival which introduced ritain to reggae, steel drums, calypso and some fabulous costumes and dancing. The first carnival took place in 1958 which attracted over 7,000 people but now attracts millions.
          • Reggae music is also one of the most important ways of addressing protest messages. For example, Soul and Motown had been in the civil rights movementin the USA.
      • Finally, immigration has also brought a wide range of religions into Britain.
        • The immigrants from the Indian subcontinent brought their Hindu and Muslim faiths with them which laid the foundations of Britain's modern multicultural society.

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