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Multicultural Britain

On this page we will give a brief history of how Britain became a multicultural society.

It can be said with some justification that today Britain is a much more multicultural that what it was a few decades ago. It has changed and is now a much more different country racially, religiously as well as culturally than what it was in the past.

This influx of new immigrants has brought many positive changes, however it has also raised new challenges to do with race relations and integration for our society as a whole.

A brief history of
Black people in the UK

Before the present century Black and Asian people have been living in Britain in small numbers since the 16th century. This is mostly because Britain was and still is a seafaring trading nation that had trade lines and contact with many different parts of the world. This contact resulted in thousands of people from all over the world coming to and going from this island every year. A percentage of these people would have been black servants, footmen, coachmen or sailors and even slaves. Once they arrived in England some of them would have stayed on here in this country rather than leaving. The result of this is that over time pools of very small ethnic minority communities would have developed especially in the larger port cities like London or Liverpool.

Many new communities were formed by slaves who were freed in the UK following the abolition of slavery.

Large scale immigration of Black and Asian to this country only really started after the Second World War, and increased significantly from the 1960’s onwards. The arrival of the
Empire Windrush in 1948 from Jamaica at Tilbury dock is seen by many historians as a landmark and the start of large scale immigration from the Commonwealth. The arrival of these first immigrants is seen as a important point in the history of modern Britain.

Many of these new arrivals found work very quickly, as there was a shortage of manpower right after the war. The vast majority of them started to settle into the poorer districts of the major cities like London and Birmingham.
 

 

 

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