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Archive: The Irish Experience in 1960s Britain

In response to a perceived influx of immigrants, 1962 saw the creation of the Commonwealth Immigrants Act which placed limits on those who could migrate to the UK.

Historic links with Ireland allowed migrants from the Irish Republic to continue to arrive and work in the UK though.

The Irish community in London still faced prejudice and stereotyping over rowdy behaviour and drunkenness, as well as over their exemption from the forthcoming immigration restrictions, as Panorama discovered in November 1961.


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