Sunday, July 2, 2023

What types of Muslims have immigrated to UK since 1947? Were they workers or highly qualified people?

 Since 1947, large-scale immigration of Muslims to the UK began after World War II, as a result of the destruction and labor shortages caused by the war

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 Muslim migrants from former British colonies, predominantly India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, were recruited in large numbers by government and businesses to rebuild the country. The single largest group of Muslims in the United Kingdom are of Pakistani descent. Pakistanis were one of the first South Asian Muslim communities to permanently settle in the United Kingdom, arriving in England first in the late 1940s
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Early migrants from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka came from affluent backgrounds, were well-educated, and have become established in British society. It was primarily men from middle-ranking peasant families in Punjab, particularly those who had been previously employed in the colonial army or the police force and their relatives, who took up this opportunity. These Punjabi migrants found work in the manufacturing, textile, and service sectors, including a significant number at Heathrow Airport in West London. After the Commonwealth Immigrants Act was passed in 1962, which restricted the free movement of workers from the Commonwealth, most workers from South Asia decided to settle in the UK and were eventually joined by their families
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According to a Pew Research Center report, much of the migration out of Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India was prompted by the partitioning of the Indian subcontinent in the years following the withdrawal of the British Raj in 1947. Saudi Arabia has been the top destination country for Muslim migrants, most of whom are workers from nearby Arab countries, the Indian subcontinent, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The UK received more than 1.5 million regular migrants in recent years, and an estimated 43% of all migrants to the UK between mid-2010 and mid-2016 were Muslims
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Muslim immigrant workers are generally less skilled and productive than European workers, meaning they earn a lower wage, but minimum wages in the US and Europe are generally high enough to make up the difference. However, Muslims in the UK face poor standards of housing, poorer levels of education, and are more vulnerable to long-term illness. Muslims in the UK had the highest rate of unemployment, the poorest health, the most disability, and fewest educational qualifications among religious groups. The figures were, to some extent, explained by the fact that Muslims were the least
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