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Immigration and Emigration
Manningham area of Bradford
The majority of Bradford's Asians live in areas like Manningham

© Courtesy of Bradford Heritage Recording Unit
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The most recent, large group to arrive in Bradford are those from the Asian sub-continent, most of whom came in the 1950s and 1960s. The largest percentage of them are the Pakistanis, the vast majority of whom have their roots in and around the Mirpur District of southern Azad Kashmir.

Cafe in Bradford
Cafe in Bradford
© Courtesy of Bradford Heritage Recording Unit
Mirpur is a land of migrants; for over 100 years men have been leaving the area to seek work elsewhere. In the early 1900s they found their way to Britain from the docks of Bombay through the British Merchant Navy. These pioneers were later joined by friends and relatives, a process called chain migration and today there are over 300,000 people of Mirpuri origin living and working in Britain.

The photographs seen here were taken in Bradford and in Mirpur itself. Many of those photographed in Mirpur either lived in, had lived in or had visited Britain; all had relatives or friends in this country. This story explores the extraordinarily close links between British Mirpuris and Mirpur itself, and reveals how the suburbs of Bradford, like many other British towns and cities, stretch beyond our shores to the foothills of the Himalayas.

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Words: Tim Smith


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