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The ‘strangest of minorities’: The shifting visibility of South African post‐war migration to Britain

Israel, M.ORCID: 0000-0002-1263-8699 (1996) The ‘strangest of minorities’: The shifting visibility of South African post‐war migration to Britain. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 22 (3). pp. 479-493.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.1996.9976551
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Abstract

The debates about immigration to the UK, although couched in numerical terms, have generally been about the quality or ‘race’ of the immigrants. Research into race and racial relations has bought into this racialised discourse and has ignored migration from the Old Commonwealth. This has distorted our understanding on the effect of British immigration policies. The discourse has allowed South African migrants to be signified as non‐immigrants. In general, this has enabled them to evade the censures and the restrictions that have been targeted at would‐be and actual immigrants. Where this social invisibility has been thwarted, a strong political presence has allowed a resourceful, educated, informed group to evade immigration restrictions often with the connivance of British immigration bureaucracy.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Carfax Publishing Ltd.
Copyright: © 1996 Journals Oxford Ltd
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/53502
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