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There had been a long tradition of Scots’ migration to Ulster, but these were Presbyterians. Fergal Keane, The Story of Ireland 3/5: The Age of Revolution, BBC 2011
One of the themes of the story of Ireland: emigration. ibid.
The Ulster Presbyterians joined the American War of Independence. ibid.
How fast has brother followed brother,
From sunshine to the sunless land! William Wordsworth, Extempore Effusion upon the Death of James Hogg, 1835
True patriots we; for be it understood,
We left our country for our country’s good ...
And none will doubt but that our emigration
Has proved most useful to the British nation. Henry Carter, prologue at opening of Playhouse Sydney, mostly to convicts
A great emigration necessarily implies unhappiness of some kind or other in the country that is deserted. Thomas Malthus
As an island nation Britain has been shaped not just by the waves that batter the coastline but by the ships that have carried people to our shores over the century. A Passage to Britain I: The Viceroy of India, BBC 2018
Mumbai: By tracking down some of the Viceroy passengers I’ll reveal the untold history of these Asian pioneers. On its 17-day journey in October 1933 the Viceroy stopped off at Aden, Suez, Port Said And Marseille before finally arriving at London’s Tilbury docks. ibid.
Britain in the 1930s was predominantly white. In the population of 46 million there were just over 7,000 Asians living in the whole country. The biggest immigrant communities in London were the Irish, Italians, Russians, Poles and German Jewish refugees. ibid.
1947: After decades of struggle India won its independence from Britain and Partition created two nations in one land … A ship left Bombay shortly afterwards: the SS Asturias. It was one of the first passenger ships to leave for Britain after independence. A Passage to Britain II: The Asturias
On its fifteen day journey the Asturias left Bombay and after stopping off at Aden and Port Said it docked at Southampton on 23 October 1947 … There’s over a 1,000 names. ibid.
Partition was a time of horrific violence across India and Pakistan, and refugees fled in one of the largest forced migrations in history. ibid.
More than 10,000 Poles were housed in camps in India set up by the British in support of their wartime allies. ibid.
Here in Southampton that the great passenger liner The Batory docked on 4th March 1954. The 553 passengers on board had travelled over 7,000 miles from Bombay. A Passage to Britain III: The Batory
20% of the Indians and Pakistanis on board were heading to the Midlands. ibid.
Between 1955 and 1963 over 100,000 people emigrated from Jamaica to Great Britain. Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records, caption, Sky Arts 2019