400 Years of Refugee Movement to the UK Timeline Resource, June 2018

This timeline provides an overview of the major moments of refugee intake in the United Kingdom. When it comes to the numbers of refugees taken in, approximate figures are listed as historical documentation is often inconsistent on exact figures.

Researched by Alyssa Girvan


The History of British Immigration Policy (1905-2016), June 2018

This timeline provides a brief overview of significant developments in key immigration legislation locating the origins of current British immigration policy within its longer historical context. For further information, copies of each legislative document can be found at each timeline point.

Researched by Alyssa Girvan


Crossing and Closing Borders

This short film provides a brief chronological overview of immigration legislation and refugee intake in the United Kingdom over the twentieth century. It brings together the key moments from the History of British Immigration Policy and 400 Years of Refugee Movement interactive timelines that can be found on the Refugee History blog. This film is intended to visually represent the development of immigration legislation alongside the intake of refugees in the twentieth century, allowing viewers to see how the two interrelate in a way that may be difficult to visualise in the individual timelines

This film is not intended to give great depth and context to these events, but instead provide a summation of them that can be researched further in the interactive timelines. It would function well as an educational resource, providing a brief contextual overview of Britain’s relationship with immigration over the past one hundred years. 

Video and Music Credits:

Music sourced from Bensound

Steam Train, Airplane Landing at Airport & Electric Typewriter Sounds Effects recorded by Daniel Simion

City Centre Sound Effect recorded by Hopeinawe

Immigration Legislation can be found within the History of British Immigration Policy Interactive Timeline

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