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Assimilation. The problem with immigration in Britain was that the people werent coming from the same country or origins. Instead they appeared from many different colonies that all differed from each other in terms of language and traditions.

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Assimilation The concept of assimilation is based on whether a group of people from different ethnic minorities will begin to socially integrate. Britain today stands as a great example because it is a mixed society. However the most important factor of assimilation is how effective it is and whether or not it's successful. When assimilation was first introduced people disagreed with it and refused to accept it. Immigrants who came from other countries to find a job in the mother land where harshly rejected by its people. Racism became a daily aspect of the lives of coloured people in Britain. Landlords refused to rent houses to immigrants, jobs were refused, abuse was directed at them and finally politicians used it as a means to get in to power. When coloured people came to Britain they expected the streets to pave in gold and the nation to be hospitable because they had heard so much about the mother land. Today racism still roams informally in Britain but people seem to get along. Bob Geldof was one of the few people who integrated with those who were of different racial backgrounds and worked hard for charity. One of his most famous fund raisers was the live 8 concert which attracted huge audiences and boasted some of the worlds top music artists. ...read more.


Immigrants who came to Britain were able to find jobs, bring their families and seek refuge. Though in my opinion I believed that the youth in Britain strengthened assimilation It can be said that assimilation partly succeeded because immigrants were helping strengthen Britain through there skills. It happened when the British economy was growing at a fast rate. This meant that English people will begin to appreciate immigrants and accept them into society. Many immigrants took on standard jobs like joining the army or helping in shops. They took on low end jobs that white people wouldn't accept and began filling the employment gap. Many businesses profited from this and employed immigrants for there cheap labour. To add to that they helped increase Britain's economy and because of this whites were obliged to integrate with immigrants and got to know them better. This improved relations and was a great boost towards the success of assimilation. Secondly schools in Britain were mixed so white and black children were able to get on from an early age. This was a key reason as to why the concept of assimilation could've been a success. Children in nursery are innocent because of there younger age so black and white children got on well. ...read more.


He then places the blame on immigrants claiming there lack of effort is the reason why assimilation isn't working. His view is neutral and more sided towards the English saying we've created our own little colour bar and refuse to mix. The source ends with Mr Homes saying that we need to learn more about English people just as they need to learn more about us. In conclusion I would like to say that assimilation was flawed to begin with but succeeded eventually. The arguments presented show two sides to assimilation but all together form as one piece. Ultimately the concept of assimilation was not flawed but simply didn't work at the beginning because of mistakes made on behalf of the government, public and politicians. Assimilation wasn't successful in the fact that immigrants refused to give up there identities and traditions completely. However it was successful because immigrants adopted the British culture while still holding on to there's. As time past it was noticed that people began to integrate even though there still some tensions between the two such as the Colin Roach incident. The government acknowledged immigrants and set laws to safeguard against racial discrimination in the work place and also encourage positive integration. In my final judgement I would like to say that considering the evidence above I believe that assimilation was a success. ...read more.

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