Experiences and reactions to immigrants in Britain

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Experiences of immigrants

While there were some examples to show that immigrants were welcomed in Britain, upon arrival many immigrants experienced hostility and discrimination. This took several forms:

  • Decent and affordable housing and accomadation was very hard to find.
  • Local authorities required immigrants to live in Britain before they could apply for council housing.
  • Banks and building societies often refused to give immigrants loans or mortgages.
  • Many pubs and bars refused to serve immigrants.
  • trade unions claimed that immigrants were taking British jobs. In the West Midlands in 1955, transport workers even went on…


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