Sunday, July 2, 2023

What were the working conditions for Muslim migrants in the UK after World War II?

 After World War II, Muslim migrants from former British colonies, predominantly India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, were recruited in large numbers by government and businesses to rebuild the country

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 The working conditions for Muslim migrants were often poor, and they faced discrimination in employment, housing, and education primarily on grounds of their ethnic heritage
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 Many South Asians came to plug Britain’s labor shortages, with migrants from Commonwealth nations often working in transport or factories
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 Pakistani migrants who came to Britain after the war found employment in the textile industries of Lancashire, Yorkshire, Manchester, and Bradford, cars and engineering factories in the West Midlands, and Birmingham, and growing light industrial estates in places like Luton and Slough
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 Muslim immigrant workers were generally less skilled and productive than European workers, meaning they earned a lower wage, but minimum wages in the US and Europe were generally high enough to make up the difference
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