- Created by: Liam Moffett
- Created on: 04-06-12 13:31
Postwar British Immigration - Key Points
Britain has a long history of immigration, and an equally long history of ambivalence to immigrants.
Ever since the 1948 British Nationality Act, people from the 'New Commonwealth' - India, Pakistan and the West Indies - enjoyed the status of British Nationals, and were called; 'Commonwealth citizens'.
Empire Windrush arrived in Tillbury, London 22 June 1948.
Immigration has been a central issue in British politics since the Second World War.
Rhetoric often presented immigrants as dangerous, alien and threatening 'traditional' English culture - Rivers of Blood Speech by Enoch Powell in 1968. Most opinion polls supported Enoch's sentiments.
Such concerns are misplaced; emigration levels were higher than immigration into Britain - 1 million people emigrated between 1961 and 1988.
Yet there were race riots; Notting Hill…