The ladies from Bangladesh

Nilufar Ahmed’s study of first-generation Bangladeshi migrants in East London reviewed here.

 The account is based on five themes: Belonging; Language, Citizenship and Britishness; The Family; Care and Welfare; Religion. All the twenty respondents were Muslim, with an average age in 2011 of 55. These respondents were on average 26 years old on migration, so more than half their lives had been in Britain. Not surprisingly, ‘an emotional sense of belonging to their new homeland has taken time’,  confirming the ‘myth of return’ can well and truly be put to rest.