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Migration 18: How did the growth of the British Empire impact on patterns of migration?

This enquiry represents the first in the third key question of the ‘Migrants in Britain’ topic, and it provides a useful overview of the impact of the British Empire on patterns of migration in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Students gather lots of information about different stages in the development of the empire, before using a range of clues to determine how these different stages impacted on patterns of migration.

They learn about the role of institutions like the East India Company and the Royal African Company, as well as key individuals like William Wilberforce and Queen Victoria.

Ultimately, students are equipped to write insightful accounts of the impact of four factors – institutions, social attitudes, economic conditions and the promise of freedom – on migration during the 19th and 19th centuries. This is a great enquiry for exemplifying the link between the British Empire and changing patterns of migration.

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