In 2009 Adrian Hart hit the nail on the head. Observing Labour’s policy in schools, he realised that intensely enforced anti-racist policies could create divisions where none had existed. That was an interesting and sharp observation. But who has tried to enforce anti-racist policies and why? Is it possible that we, immigrants, have become the pawns in somebody else’s political and ideological game?
Let's start from the beginning. Population movements are not a new phenomenon. If Darwin's Out of Africa theory is correct, human immigration has been happening for at least 100,000 years. Throughout history there has been an abundance of well-recorded population movements, due to wars, political prosecutions, aggressive colonisation, slavery, and other unpleasant human attitudes.
One of the most remembered periods of massive immigration was the ‘Migration period’ between 300 and 700 AD. During that period Goths, Vandals, Bulgars, Alans, Suebi, Frisians, Franks and other Germanic and Slavic tribes invaded the Roman Empire. Even after 700 AD, Viking, Magyar, Moorish, Turkic and Mongol tribes continued invading Eastern Europe. Another well-known period of massive population movements was the ‘Age of Discovery’ between the 15th and 17th Centuries, during which Europeans colonised America, Africa, Australia and parts of Asia. Most of these population movements were associated with a degree of violence.
Purely peaceful immigrations, however, went unnoticed until the time the United States decided to put a ban on immigration in 1921. This ban followed the “great wave” of immigration to the States between 1900 and 1920. Let's have a look on some examples of peaceful immigration.