By Panikos Panayi

Immigration, ethnicity, multiculturalism and racism became a part of day-by-day discourse in Britain in fresh a long time – but, faraway from being new, those phenomena have characterized British existence because the 19th century. whereas the numbers of immigrants elevated after the second one international struggle, teams akin to the Irish, Germans and East eu Jews were arriving, settling and impacting on British society from the Victorian interval onwards.


In this entire and interesting account, Panikos Panayi examines immigration as an ongoing procedure during which ethnic groups evolve as participants decide upon no matter if to keep their ethnic identities and customs or to combine and assimilate into wider British norms. for that reason, he tackles the contradictions within the background of immigration during the last centuries: migration as opposed to executive keep an eye on; migrant poverty as opposed to social mobility; ethnic id as opposed to expanding Anglicisation; and, peculiarly, racism as opposed to multiculturalism.


Providing a huge historic context to modern debates, and considering the complexity and diversity of person stories through the years, this booklet demonstrates that no basic technique or thought can summarise the migrant adventure in Britain.


 

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