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      • It is likely that everyone taking part in this lesson is descended from immigrants - it is just a question of how far back you go.
    • 25AD 455 480AD 990 1066 1320 1570 1880 1948 1960 21 st Century
      • Travelling bands of Celts were the first to invade Britain. They brought with them new methods of forging metal, making things from iron ploughs and horse shoes to delicate jewellery.
      • From 43 AD until the end of the 4 th Century the Romans settled and integrated with local tribes.  
      They brought with them their engineering and road construction skills, and built bridges, baths and heating systems.
      • The Germanic tribes of the Angles, Saxons, Frisians and Jutes colonised Southern England, establishing new settlements and cultivating the land.
      • The Vikings were superb boat builders. They introduced their heroic tales to Northern England and East Anglia, and possibly brought the game of chess.
      • The Normans conquered Britain in 1066, and imposed a legal and administrative system much of which still exists today.
      • M edieval Britain benefited from the immigration of Jewish businessmen, scholars and doctors.
      • In the 16 th century the Huguenots, fleeing from religious persecution in France, settled in London, Norwich and Canterbury. They brought their skills of silk weaving and silver-smithing.
      • In Victorian times the need to transport goods to and from the mills led to a rapid expansion of the transport system - work that was undertaken by labourers from Ireland.
      • Thousands of citizens from across the British Empire fought for Britain during the two world wars. At the end of the WW11 there was a shortage of workers, and many who had fought for Britain came to live here.
      • Doctors, nurses, teachers, bus drivers, factory workers etc. came from countries across the empire to help re-build Britain.
      • Nowadays where there is a shortage of dentists, doctors, builders, hotel workers or cleaners, it is often people from Eastern Europe who come to fill the gap.
      • Throughout the ages people have come to Britain, fleeing from poverty or war.
      • In many cases they have been desperate, and prepared to take enormous risks.
    • So what is so great about Britain, that people want to live here?
    • Good for Work
      • low unemployment rate (under 5%)
      • a typical work week of 35 hours
      • generous leave, maternity
      • and paternity benefits
      • 12 public holidays
      • good salaries
      • reasonable taxes.
    • Social and Cultural
      • it is a multi-cultural society
      • most people are tolerant
      • the crime rate is low
      • lively theatre, music, art
      • it has beautiful scenery
      • fascinating historical sites & buildings.
    • Education
      • Britain is a world leader in education
      • world famous universities
      • education is free
    • Health and Welfare
      • free healthcare available to every one.
      • a welfare system which supports people through hard times.
    • So what would it be like to arrive in Great Britain as a newcomer?
      • So we turn full circle. Perhaps Britain is a Great country to live in because of the influence of all the many different individuals, groups, races and cultures that have come here.
      • They have established our systems of government, contributed to our pursuit of knowledge, added to our wealth, commerce and industry, and shaped our music, art, sport and diet.
    • Glossary
      • immigrant - someone who has come from another country to live in Britain.
      • descended - related by ancestry
      • integrate - mix, come together
      • colonise - settle, make your home somewhere
      • persecute - bully, single out
    • Useful Web Links
      • Migration Histories
      • - a detailed resource on the migration histories of ,amongst others, Carribbean, Irish, Jewish, South Asian peoples to the U.K
      • – an invaluable resource tracking 200 years of migration to the U.K including current debates, teaching resources, information, links and profiles
      • - 100 great Black Britons and a list of invaluable educational resources and links
      • – Black History Month
      • - free online teaching resources and educational games for key stages 2-5 on amongst others, the end of the British Empire
    • Useful Web Links
      • Migration, Refugees, Asylum
      • - Refugee Action a national charity, an invaluable resource for links, learning and the voices of refugees to the U.K
      • - a young asylum seeker starts at a secondary school in Britain, a short animation with lesson pointers about the life, questions and issues of asylum seekers in the U.K
      • - Lots of children have to claim asylum in the U.K, a selection of case studies, read about their new lives in the U.K
      • - a comprehensive guide to asylum for children