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Roman London (AD 47), followed by Anglo Saxons ,Vikings and Normans
- 1100s Merchants from Netherlands settle
- 1600s Dutch and French Protestants (Hugenots) flee from pressure
- 1700s Refugees due to French revolution (1789) arrive, First Chinese sailors in London
- 1800s Jewish fleeing from Poland, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.Irish settlers escaping poverty during the famine in Ireland.
- More than 250,000 Belgian refugees fled to the UK, escaping the fighting of the First World War.
- 1930s/40s - Refugees from Nazi oppression arrive in the UK, Polish people homeless because of the War, invited to come to UK
- Windrush brings 492 Jamaicans to the UK – a milestone/ symbolic start- Immigration from Commonwealth encouraged to help rebuild post-war Britain
- 1950s and 60s - Settlers from Commonwealth nations arrive – India, Pakistan and Bangladesh
- 1970s - East African, Asians and Vietnamese arrive, Asians expelled from Kenya and Uganda
- 1980s - African community expands Refugees arrive from Eastern Europe – Romania and former Yugoslavia