Reasons Why People From The Carribean Immigrated During 1948-72

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Reasons Why People From The Carribean Immigrated During 1948-72

Causes

  • Economic Hardship
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  • Persecution and Disruption
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  • Adventure
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  • Prospect of returing home
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  • Economic opportunity
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  • Links in Britain

Effects

  • This was a very big reason why people immigrated and has been also further studied upon. The sugar trade, which was the main export, collapsed so jobs were lost. The studies had shown that people also got very poor wages.
  • In the Carribean, whites were known to dominate society so it is not suprising when the immigrants were shocked to see white people working in laboural jobs. Also, hurricanes devastated Jamacia in 1944 and again in 1951.
  • When people from the Windrush were interviewed many years later, this quest for adventure was a popular reason. Some believed that Jamacia was a 'backwater' where nothing happens and others wanted to experience glory in Britain.The education system in Britain was also admired as it was known to be the 'land of philosophers and poets, the very centre of civilisation. They were also impressed by the achievements in business, engineering and administration and the ceremony and pageantry which occured
  • This reason lasted longer than the East Africans. Many did go and visit their countries but what was interesting was how these immigrants looked when they went back. Being able to have at least one person in your family working in Britain was seen as a prestige notion for the family. As well as being able to carry money around in your pocket would have made you look good.
  • The labour shortages were serious enough so British companies started recruiting people from the Carribean. Organisations in catering and transport. Some were lucky enough to be recruited in the NHS too.
  • People who decided to stay in Britian were mostly men so they decided to bring their wives and children over and start a new life in Britain. By 1958, numbers increased to over 115,000 people from the Carribean.

Overall summary

So it seems like with people from the Carribean immigrated for a fair number of reasons but one that was very encouraging was the poor stantards of living in Jamacia. People just wanted to leave happy and have purpose in life instead of living on poor wages with poor education. But s the years went on and word passes on how good Britain is, many came on the words of other immigrants.

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