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A West Indian bus conductor on a London Transport bus in September 1958.
A West Indian bus conductor on a London Transport bus in September 1958.
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Many Irish people immigrated to Britain during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Among other immigrant groups, there was also an influx of Eastern European Jews between 1870 and 1914. After 1945, Commonwealth immigration became a significant and controversial political issue.

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Further reading

  • Glennerster, H., British Social Policy 1945 to the Present (Oxford: Blackwell, 2007)
  • Holmes, C., John Bull's Island: Immigration and British Society 1871-1971. (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 1988)
  • Jones, C., Immigration and Social Policy in Britain. (London: Tavistock, 1977)
  • Layton-Henry, Z., The Politics of Immigration: 'Race' and 'Race' Relations in Post-war Britain. (Oxford: Blackwell, 1992)
  • Spencer, I.R.G., British Immigration Policy Since 1939: The Making of Multi-racial Britain. (London: Routledge, 1997)