Crowds waiting to pass through immigration at Victoria Station, 1962.
© NMeM / Daily Herald Archive / Science & Society Picture Library
A photograph of crowds of people from the Caribbean waiting to get through immigration barriers at Victoria Station in London, taken by Randle for the Daily Herald newspaper on 24 June, 1962. Many families arrived in Britain from the Caribbean in the 1950s and 1960s, often due to the offer of jobs with companies such as London Transport or hospitals in the new Health Service. Most, however, came without work pre-arranged, hoping for a better life in Britain. The American government limited the numbers of Caribbean migrants allowed into the United States in 1952, increasing the amount of immigration to Britain. A growing threat of similar immigration legislation in Britain meant prospective migrants had to leave the Caribbean as a matter of urgency.