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Immigration and Emigration
Uganda's loss, Britain's gain

A new beginning

Sham Karnik and his wife were lucky. One of the volunteer workers at the Stradishall camp simply asked him one day if he and his family would like to take a room in her house in Ipswich.
Ugandan Asian family
The cost of living was cheaper in Uganda
They could not quite believe it, but welcomed the opportunity. "Neela, my two young daughters and my sister and I took the room, and made a start in a new life." he said.

"I was quickly back to work, signing on at the Labour Exchange, the for-runner to today's Job Centre, and started work at the Guardian Royal Exchange within two weeks. I noticed the difference to life in Kampala, out there we had a cheaper cost of living, and our income tax was only 2.5%, so the costs here were a shock."

A number of local authorities came to the rescue of the Asians in the Stradishall camp; Bury St Edmunds council was typical and, despite waiting-lists, they proceeded to allocate houses and welcomed the immigrants.

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