Britain’s identity is made up of many different characteristics, but what comes to mind when you say Britishness? A number of things spring to mind for example the queen, fish and chips, bulldogs, parliament or football etc. These are just a few, but has the creation of the British Empire affected this and our current multicultural state?
Britain has always remained a popular choice for immigrants to choose to live, as this country is known for having a multicultural population. The creation of the British Empire in the late 15th century has led to a major increase in immigration into Britain; as immigrants were migrating from Britain’s former colonies and other territories of the British Empire such as India, Pakistan, and Kenya etc. Recently they have been able to do this through the British Nationality Law under the British Overseas Territories Act 2002 which allows individuals from the British Overseas Territories (what is left of the British Empire) to apply for British citizenship.
At the end of the Second World War a lot of the countries who Britain had colonised gained independence. In 1948 Britain passed the British Nationality Act which allowed for subjects of the British Empire to live and work in the United Kingdom, this made it easier for immigrants as they did not need a visa to do this like they did before this Act was passed.
Britishness is now very hard to define as we have seen an increase of different ethnic minorities making up a large number of our societies bringing with them their cultural ways such as, what they eat and their religious views. If you ask anyone what it means to be British they would not know or they would find it very difficult to describe it. Immigration increase has led to fewer jobs for UK citizens and less council housing for UK citizens which has led to citizens feeling betrayed by their own country by helping the immigrants before them. This has led to a lot of prejudges and discrimination towards multicultural...