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London is a city of about eight million people and is one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities on earth. While only 6.5% of people in the UK are from an ethnic minority, over 40% of the capital city's population say they are non-white British.
A lot of immigration has taken place since the 1940s. Caribbean workers first arrived on a ship called the Windrush in 1948 and Asians started arriving from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh to escape poverty in the 1950s. These ethnic groups now make up almost 20% of the city's population and their descendants have made a significant impact on British life and culture.Large communities of people from hundreds of countries all over the world live in London and call it home. Immigrants bring their food, their character and their culture. They also tend to live in one particular area of the city. They also bring their stories ...
I live in Stockwell in south west London and I'm one of about 30,000 people of Portuguese origin in this area. The local inhabitants call it "Little Lisbon" because the streets are full of Portuguese restaurants and cafés. My father emigrated to Stockwell from Madeira in 1970 and he still lives here. I have lived in Stockwell all my life and I love living here. I experience the best of two very different cultures."
"I'm sitting outside a café in Hackney in north London. When you close your eyes in Hackney (on a warm day!), you think you are in Vietnam because this part of the city smells of ginger, chilli and the other ingredients of Vietnamese food. My parents and I have lived in Hackney since we arrived here in 1976. We were refugees and I was only three. At that time, thousands of Vietnamese escaped from the communist dictatorship in Vietnam on small boats, and many came to live in London.
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their descendants have made a significant impact on british life and culture
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large communities of people from hundreds of countries all over the world