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

In the 9 March issue of the Stradishall camp newsletter 'In Transit', the following notices were seen: the catering will cease on 23 March, the sowing centre will close on 14 March, the last bus from the Eastern Counties services will run on 20 March, the last laundry exchange will be made on 13 March and the last issue of the newsletter will be published on 16 March, and with this, the Stradishall camp closed.

When the last Ugandan Asian departed, the village of Stradishall lost a source of friendship. The camp operated an open-door policy and the Ugandan Asians had mixed freely with the local villagers.
Ugandan Asian family
Strong friendships struck up at the Straddishall camp
In doing so, they both changed and reinforced, positively, the opinions of locals on their relationship with immigrants.

Sean O'Garvaigh worked for the Ugandan Resettlement Board at the camp, and lived in the village. He recalls that the Asians made a big impact on the small area of Stradishall: Suffolk Social Services had to employ more people, and the local economy was boosted to an extent. Although the Ugandan Asians didn't have a great deal of money to spend, they seemed to enjoy themselves in the local pubs, and many made long lasting friendships with those of us in the village. The Suffolk area didn't seem to have a huge number settling, most seemed to go to Leicester, Corby and Bradford, but they certainly left a fine impression.

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