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Why people came to Britain during the twentieth century.

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Coursework The twentieth century was a phenomenal landmark for Great Britain; it would have a huge effect on the core infer structure of Britain for decades to come. Millions of immigrants migrated from around the globe in search of a better life. Both push and pull factors broadened the horizons of many, sources A to E can give one an insight into why many immigrants felt so compelled and ultimately drawn to Britain. Although the sources do reveal some valuable information, the sources lack potency and depth, for instance the five sources are ripe with push factors but the scarcity of pull factors combined with the reliability issue raise many questions. Despite this however, the five sources are extremely diverse, for example, source A which quotes the May laws is all in text format, whereas source B ,a drawing of a pogrom, is mainly graphical. With the apparent lack of information, the five sources are limited in many different ways, for example there is no mention of the Irish or Chinese immigrants, without naming countless other ethic groups that came to Britain in the twentieth century. Source A is an extract from May Laws which were passed through the British Government in 1882. This source is a prime example of what I mentioned earlier, it is littered with push factors but contains no pull factors whatsoever. ...read more.


This source is again full of push factors but contains very little pull factors. We can infer that the pull factors are closely linked to source A. Jews would want to have the right to walk around the street without another pogrom progressing. Britain could offer this as there was no institutionalised racism in Britain at that time. The push factors would almost certainly have included fear. This source clearly shows us why Jews left Russia but it does not say why many Jews chose Britain Source C is a photograph of three Polish airmen, it is not clear when this photo was taken but we do however know that Poland was invaded by the Nazis in 1939. This would undoubtedly have contributed to the thousands of immigrants that flooded Britain at around 1945. (As the Polish was the largest number of refugees in that particular year) Many Poles also came to Britain in order to continue the fight against the Nazis. As the information states, the Polish fighters were accountable for one out of every ten enemy planes shot down, this was quite a remarkable feat. When Poland became Communist in 1945 many Poles also decided to permanently. Yes, as you may already have guessed, this source is yet again showered with push factors, but we cannot account for any pull factors. ...read more.


Source E is a picture of Ugandan Asians arriving at Heathrow in September, 1972. Idi Amin (The Ugandan President) ordered forty-thousand British Asians out of Uganda. This is an example of ethnic cleansing and Africanisation that was taking place all over Africa. In general, photographic sources have very limited uses and this is reflected throughout source E. It is the least useful source of all as it can be interpreted in many different ways. The people in the photograph could have left Uganda by their own accord, or they could have been forced to leave under the 1972 act. There is very little information about this source and as a result we cannot go into much depth about source E. In conclusion to the original question, no I do not think that that there is enough evidence to establish why people came to Britain during the twentieth century. All sources are full of push factors, but many sources lack in or do not have any pull factors. Also, inferring from my own knowledge I know that a lot of information is missed out from sources A-E. For example, the Irish and the Chinese are not mentioned throughout the sources - that are a major fact that has been missed out here. When all the sources are combined together we can gain a good understanding of the reasons why people left their native homelands. ?? ?? ?? ?? Richard Drysdale 1 ...read more.

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