The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post-war Immigration (Hardback)

by David Goodhart

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There have been three periods of high immigration since 1945: in the 1950s, the 1970s and finally in the years following 1997, when the country absorbed the highest levels of net immigration in its history. In this period, more than 2.5 million people, from all over the world, came to Britain in search of a better life for themselves and their families. This book reviews the successes and the failures of immigration policy since the war. Britain, Goodhart shows, has been immensely enriched by the enterprise and diversity of its immigrant populations. However, the number of newcomers in the last fifteen years has strained community relations in some parts of the country and may have weakened the consensus surrounding welfare provision. In The British Dream, David Goodhart argues that liberal thinking on immigration has in recent years promoted two contradictory ideals: 'solidarity' - we are unified by a common purpose - and 'diversity' - everyone is different. For some time, he shows, the promotion of diversity in government policy has won out over the promotion of solidarity. Yet in these times of recession and austerity, progressive thinkers need to promote social solidarity, which will require, he argues, a period of low net immigration, and a new kind of civic pride and patriotism.

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