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Multicultural Britain In order to answer this question I will first examine how Britain accepted the Migrants and secondly I will be evaluating the actions that the British Government and people did and in my conclusion I will include whether the British were tolerant or not. The Oxford dictionary defines tolerance as "Permit without interference." In examining whether Britain has been a tolerant nation, we need to look at different periods in time. When the Jews migrated to Britain (1880-1901) most British people sympathised with their problems. Though society was class ridden during this period it remained fairly tolerable because the ruling aristocracy and upper middle class kept a sense of duty towards those lower than them. However when greater number of Orthodox Jews arrived from Eastern Europe and mostly settled in the East End of London, the locals feared that these immigrants would take over their jobs, fearful of this, they became hostile. The locals believed that the immigrants pushed up rents and provided insanitary conditions and overcrowding. Newspaper articles printed at the time also led to hostility towards the newcomers. They printed articles that focused on the disadvantages that the Jews brought. Hostility was also shown because some British politicians and trade unionists blamed them for taking the jobs that the English workers would have done. ...read more.


People began to accept that the immigrants also had a right to live and were to stay in Britain. In 1968 the same tragedy occurred with the Kenyan Asians who were victims of Kenya's policy of Africanisation. These Asians held British passports, but nevertheless the government felt compelled to keep them out because of the speeches made by Enoch Powell MP and public pressure. Thus the British tolerated the Kenyan Asians by passing the Commonwealth Immigration Act of 1968. This meant that Kenyans were not allowed to enter the country. Enoch Powell. Some British were not tolerant towards the immigrants because popularity of parties such as the National Front increased in the 1970's. Their aims were to introduce racist policies and laws and send back newcomers. But many British were also tolerant of the immigrants because anti-racist organisations increased to help prevent the National Front from spreading. One such organisation that helped stopped racism was the Anti-Nazi League. The 1980's witnessed a severe challenge to tolerance. There was violent riots in Brixton and in mare than thirty other towns and cities. These were the first riots involving clashes of large numbers of black people against the police. According to the Scarman report, the riots were partly caused by racial discrimination. ...read more.


Sikhs, Hindus and Buddhists have mainly come from India. The British have been extremely tolerant because although Britain follows Christianity they have allowed the freedom of anyone to follow any religion they wish. Some English have even converted and intermarried and many help these religions in aid all around the world. Britain has also allowed Mosques, Temples and Synagogues to be built and have given these religions freedom to spread their word. Britain have also encouraged the study of these religions and allowed private schools to be built. Learning other languages besides English has also become an option in many schools. Mosque Synagogue Britain has included people from different cultures, races and origins to play a part in politics and become MP's, mayors and Lords. They care when parties like the BNP gain seats in elections and help in doing something about it. Immigrant shave also set up businesses that prosper and varieties of food have also been introduced. In conclusion from my studies, for saying how far Britain has been a tolerant nation, I think they have been a tolerant nation very far. Although there has been significant evidence of unfavourable attitudes and hostile treatment that immigrants and refugees have endured in Britain, there has always been tolerance because they have passed laws to ensure that everyone is treated equally. An important factor is that if Britain had been an intolerant nation then surely immigration would have stopped by now. 1 ...read more.

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