What Contributions Have Immigrants Made to the British Society

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What contribution have immigrants made to British society by the early 1970s? By the early 1970s many immigrants had become founders of well-known businesses and even today, health and transport services continue to be supported by nurses, doctors and managers from overseas. Across Britain’s cities there are not only churches but synagogues, mosques, Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh temples. 1. Thousands of immigrants have contributed to a better life for the whole population and without immigrant workers the NHS and the transport system would not work. By the 1970s the NHS relied on a huge staff of porters, cleaners, nurses, doctors, surgeons and a large proportion were either immigrants or had immigrant roots. Ironically Enoch Powell when he was the Health Minister in the early 1960s led a recruitment campaign for 18,000 Indian doctors which made today’s NHS possible. Today over 1/3 of all doctors in the NHS were born overseas, many from the Indian subcontinent. London transport and London underground have also relied on immigrant workers, and recruits from overseas also play an important role in Britain’s armed forces, especially the army. 2. The vast majority of immigrants came to Britain for two main reasons. One was to send money home to their relatives, the other was to better themselves. As a result they were prepared to take any jobs offered to them and to work hard until they were successful. They also had a driving ambition to put enough money together to buy a home in a good area. Many Asians were prepared to work very hard and also understood the value of education, and by 1981 1/3 of Indian men in Britain were highly qualified professionals and many were working in high technology industries and in banking, insurance, education and the law. By the 1960s many local shops were closing down but Asian immigrants revived corner shops which helped local
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