Multiculturalism in the UK


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  • Multi-cultural societies are formed by migration, there have been many migrations into the UK in the last 200 years. Inter-marriage and resulting children from these marriages has led to the multi-cultural society we have today.
  • In the nineteenth century, Jews escaping persecution from Russia/Poland and Irish people escaping poverty in rural Ireland came to the UK in search of work & a better quality of life.
  • From the 1930s to the 1940s, Jews and Poles escaping fascism migrated to the UK.
  • From 1948 to the 1960s, Caribbean workers were invited to rebuild postwar Britain, mainly in public services. Also, Asians from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh seeking work in public services and textile industries came to the UK to escape poverty.
  • From 1970 to the 1990s, east African Asians (mainly from Uganda) came to the UK escaping persecution. Also, Vietnamese were escaping war. Romanian and former Yugoslavian refugees escaping from war and political unrest also migrated to the UK.
  • In the 2000s, economic migration increased from eastern Europe due to the enlargement of the European Union.
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