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Title: The settlement and Integration of Maltese migrants in the United Kingdom 1945-1980
Authors: Buttigieg, Frances
Keywords: Malta -- Emigration and immigration
Immigrants -- Great Britain -- Social life and customs
Great Britain -- Emigration and immigration
Immigrants -- Cultural assimilation -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: Buttigieg, F. (2018). The settlement and Integration of Maltese migrants in the United Kingdom 1945-1980 (Bachelor's dissertation).
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to present a balanced depiction of Maltese settlement in the United Kingdom in the post-war period, specifically focussing on the years between 1945 and 1980; reflecting the boom and dramatic decline in emigration statistics which coincided with this period of 35 years. In doing so, some general characteristics of the Maltese migrant in Britain will be examined and the nature of their integration discussed. By analysing factors essential to migration generally, alongside those specific to the Maltese, the study will seek to synthesise those aspects vital to Maltese integration within Great Britain and developing second-generation identities. The uniqueness of Anglo-Maltese relations will also be drawn upon in order to explain the integrational experience of the Maltese in Britain; in particular pertaining to the relative ease with which integration was facilitated, through a natural symbiosis of cultures which was aided by cultural familiarity and the commonality of the English language. I wish to acknowledge the contributions of a number of individuals in the completion of this work. To Professor Henry Frendo, whose thorough guidance and insight was essential and profoundly appreciated. To the staff and volunteers at Dar L-Emigrant, particularly Charles Buttigieg and Igor, who provided invaluable contacts, archival documentation and the kind invitation to attend a private lecture, as featured. Special thanks also go to Anne and Andy Meilack who openly shared detailed and comprehensive research into their family history. Particular thanks also go to Herbert Magri-Overend for sharing insight into his experience as a second-generation migrant and for sharing a paper published by his father, Ivan. Finally, it is essential to gratefully acknowledge all questionnaire respondents, as sourced through family and from within groups designated for Maltese residents in the UK, for kindly sharing their very personal experiences for the benefit of this study. Such anecdotes and insights are arguably crucial to a study of migration and bestowed the study with honesty, sincerity and a genuineness which could not have been channelled without their frank and fascinating insights.
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