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Robert Miles And Paula Cleary – Britain Notes

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Robert Miles and Paula Cleary - Britain: Post-Colonial Migration in Context (in Dietrich Thranhardt (ed.), Europe: A New Immigration Continent)???(p. 157) the British Nationality Act of 1948 divided British subjects into two categories o those defined juridically as citizen of the UK and Colonies o citizens of ex-colonies which had gained independence but opted to remain part of the Commonwealth
? both categories possessed identical rights and obligations, including the right to enter and settle in Britain Exploration and statistics on pre-commonwealth European migration to Britain, 1945-50 The British govt became concerned about Commonwealth migration because (p. 160)

1. As British subjects, the entry and occupation position of Caribbean migrants couldn't be controlled by the state; they could not be directed to those sectors which British labour avoided

2. These subjects were 'coloured' and therefore constituted a potential social problem, a threat to the supposed heterogeneity of Britain Migration from the Caribbean was prompted not just by demand for labour o Also the 'history of exploitation and dependence upon a narrow range of products for sale on the world market meant that a significant proportion of the population of these islands had come to depend economically upon being migrant labourers' (p. 161) 'Migration from the British Caribbean was composed almost equally of men and women, although they entered and reinforced a sexually segregated labour market' o most wanted to earn enough to return home richer In contrast to Caribbean migration, 'that from the Indian subcontinent was composed initially largely of single men' Public hostility to New Commonwealth immigrants was increasingly open in the late 1950s, despite the fact that they were filling jobs the indigenous population didn't want to do (p. 163) o This was grounded in racism and fear of economic insecurity, but was also 'encouraged and legitimated by governments'
? E.g. Conservative govt of early 1950s tried to use administrative devices to reduce colonial migration

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