In these interviews 12 people have told us about change:
These are individual lives, not necessarily representative of others. At this moment, millions of people are on the move across the world – to find a better life, escape danger or join loved ones.
Immigration is an emotive political issue but, whatever people’s views at one moment in time, migration has been a fact throughout human history and will continue to be so. People move: and when they do so it changes them and changes the places they move to.
These interviews give us a sense of what migration to one small part of London over half a century has meant for those who came: the way they changed and how they understand and reflect on their own lives and the choices they made.
As for how migration has changed Leyton – and every part of this country – some of our interviewees express their views. Most (but not all) cherish and celebrate the wide diversity of cultures and feel that they have made Leyton a place they love. But change is happening again, and gentrification brings new migrants.