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Zig Layton Henry The Politics Of Immigration Notes

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Zig Layton-Henry - The Politics of Immigration Chapter One??The background to colonial immigration (p. 8) o Unlike other immigrant groups, Commonwealth immigrants had rights of access, citizenship WW2 was a huge catalyst for immigration o War effort was generally conducive to solidarity across racial lines o Restrictions on black migration to Britain were removed o Colonial migrants had little difficulty finding employment because of the labour shortages of the war period
? Many were repatriated afterwards, but some had married and stayed In 1948 because of labour shortages UK govt set up a working party on the employment of colonial surplus labour (p. 12) o Committee was concerned about discrimination against coloured immigrants and the difficulties of assimilating them o Recommended no organized large-scale immigration of male workers o Thought recruitment of women workers was important because of shortage of nurses and domestic workers in newly established NHS Nevertheless, migration began with shipments of colonial workers o This was largely spontaneous and voluntary: there was no recruitment and organization as in e.g. Germany o Estimates of net immigration figures by new commonwealth country (p. 13) o Immigration quickly became a chain phenomenon o Some organizations did recruit workers
? E.g. London Transport, also 'Woolf's rubber factory in Southall enlisted workers from the Punjab, and northern textile companies advertised for workers in the Indian and Pakistani press' 'New Commonwealth immigration occurred because post-war reconstruction and the expansion of the British economy in the 1950s and 1960s created shortages of labour which could not be filled by British, Irish or other European sources' o 'The less profitable, often labour-intensive, sectors of the economy such as public transport, the Health Service, the textile industry and metal manufacture could not compete successfully for the labour of British workers with the more profitable sectors such as the car industry, telecommunications and insurance'

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