Immigration And The Nation\'s Historical Narrative

In the Telegraph, Mihir Bose argues that the ties between the British Empire and its former colonies result in a very different experience than that of the US in dealing with immigration.

The difference is simple but profound: America can impose a coherent historical narrative on immigrants because the countries they come from had no previous involvement with America. Settlers are able and encouraged to discard their native histories and accept the American version.

But the vast majority of non-white immigrants to Britain have come from our former colonies, and bring not only their own cultures but also their own versions of our shared history. So, in trying to construct a single coherent narrative for this island, we are faced with trying to marry two historical streams: the "home" version and the "export" version.

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