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Migrant CityA New History of London$
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Panikos Panayi

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300210972

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300210972.001.0001

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The Uniqueness of London

The Uniqueness of London

(p.1) 1 The Uniqueness of London
Migrant City

Panikos Panayi

Yale University Press

This chapter shows how five characteristics make London particularly unique among global cities. First, it has a history of immigration dating back at least two millennia, linked to the fact that migrants, in the form of invading Romans, founded the city. Second, it has become ‘super-diverse’ in recent years due to the range of countries from which the population of the British capital has originated as well as the range of languages spoken and religious pluralism. A third unique characteristic lies in the fact that, for much of its history, especially the last two centuries, London has served as home to at least half, and often more, of most of the migrant groups which have settled in Britain. Fourth, as the city and its population have increased together with the number of immigrants, the concentration of foreigners has moved away from the East End heartland to encompass the entire capital of Britain. Fifth, migrants to London do not simply fit into neat theories of labour migration.

Keywords:   immigration history, religious pluralism, migrant groups, immigrants, labour migration, London

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