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22 June 1947
Jamaican immigrants are welcomed, 1947
Source: http://metro.co.uk/2008/07/24/britains-first-caribbean-immigrants-308101/

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)