Why did people migrate to Britain from the Caribbean?

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1948 British Nationality Act

  • This gave British citizenship to anyone who lived in the British Empire.
  • Potentially 400 million people applied for citizenship.
  • They had the right to enter Britain and stay for as long as liked and to have a British passport.
  • Employers could now look for workers from all over the world, particularly the Caribbean.

The Empire Windrush, 1948

  • The Empire Windrush arrived in Tillbury, Essex on 22nd June 1948, carrying 492 passengers from the Caribbean wishing to start…


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