Multiculturalism in the UK

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  • In 250AD Rome sent Black legionnaires from their African part of the empire to stand on Hadrians Wall. This was the start of multiculturalism in the UK.
  • In AD793 till 1066, the Vikings came and settled from the Scandinavian regions of Europe. Inter marriage between natives and the Vikings started to increase the cultural diversity.
  • In the build up to WW2 with the Nazi Rule and throughout the war the Poles and Jews were prosecuted and so many fled to the UK in order to find asylum.
  • With the end of the Nazi rule, and the passing of the British enabling act in 1948, many soldiers from the commonwealth stayed in the UK as well as workers being encouraged into the country to help rebuild post war Britain.
  • In the 70's and 80's many east african and asians fled (particularly from Uganda) in order to seek refuge from persecution. Many came to the UK due to having British passports.
  • In the 21st century we have a multicultural society with many people coming to the UK for work as economic migrants but also eastern europeans coming due to freedom of movement as we are part of the EU.
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