The contribution of immigrants to British society

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Despite the problems linked to immigration, there are also positive aspects to immigration, particularly related to cultural and economic issues.

  • Individuals: Many immigrants have made important individual contributions to British society. Sybil Phoenix, for example, arrived from the Caribbean in 1956. Initially, she lived in desperate poverty but in later years set up a youth group called Moonshot in Lewisham, London. She was awarded an MBE for her community work and, in 1973, became Mayor of Lewisham.
  • Public Services: Many of Britain's major public services would not have developed without the contribution of immigrant workers. In the NHS 1/3 of


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