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22 June 1947
Jamaican immigrants are welcomed, 1947

Jamaican Immigrants

On 22 June 1947, the SS Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury, UK, with some 500 adventurist Jamaican immigrants on board. Most of them were skilled or semi-skilled craftsmen and found work within weeks of arriving. The inevitable stowaway was a 25-year-old seamstress. Among the employers of these first West African immigrants were the new National Health Service and London Transport. The history of the NHS is also a history of economic migration. Chain migration from the West-Indies took hold until the early 1960s, when Britain became home to a significant Afro-Caribbean community.

Read more about postcolonial migrants and multiculturalism in Britain in: Shinder S. Thandi, Postcolonial Migrants in Britain, from unwelcome guests to partial and segmented assimilation' in Postcolonial Migrants and Identity Politics (New York 2012) 61-94

More info: Postcolonial Migrants (IISH Publication)