Ethnic diversity in Great Britain
In the 16th and 18th centuries, Huguenots (French Protestants) came to Britain to escape religious persecution in France,
In the 1840s a huge number of Irish immigrants came to Britain escaping racist attacks in Eastern Europe,
Before the II World War the immigrants were mostly white people from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa,
During the 1950s many immigrants from the West Indies, India, Pakistan and later Bangladesh travelled to Britain to fill many types of job, such as in textile and engineering firms,
In the 1980s the largest immigrant groups came from the US, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand,
There are also considerable numbers of people resident in the United Kingdom who are of Irish, Italian, Greek and Turkish Cypriot, Polish, Australian, Canadian, New Zealand and American descent.
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