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The making of a mosaic: Migration and the port-city of Kingston upon Hull

Evans, Nicholas



David J. Starkey

Sarah McKeon

Elisabeth Salter


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When the results of the 2011 UK Census were made public in 2013 the BBC’s Six O’Clock News ran a live television broadcast from the city to herald a remarkable transformation – Hull was now home to a migrant population of 12,000 European migrants, 5 per cent of the total. Despite being one of the UK’s largest passenger ports and home to a university recruiting large numbers of overseas students, that Hull had been settled by European workers seemed to be a cause for national concern. Though the workers filled employment shortages in low paid sectors and bolstered under-populated areas along the Beverley Road district to the north of the city centre, the media portrayed the city as being deluged by a sizeable number of immigrants for the first time in its history. Numerous maritime metaphors were used to explain to ‘alarmed’ audiences what was happening. Although the city had proudly branded itself as a Gateway to Europe for the previous two decades, and urban planners had sought to persuade Europeans arriving and embarking through the North Sea Ferry terminal to ‘stop off’ in Hull, the 200 percent increase in the number of EU workers choosing to work in the city was deemed newsworthy locally and nationally. A handful of outsiders or ‘aliens’ had been associated with Hull since the foundation of the medieval port in the thirteenth century, but ‘difference’ was always seen as transitory and not part of the place’s DNA.


Evans, N. (2017). The making of a mosaic: Migration and the port-city of Kingston upon Hull. In D. J. Starkey, D. Atkinson, B. McDonagh, S. McKeon, & E. Salter (Eds.), Hull: Culture, History, Place (145-177). Liverpool University Press

Publication Date May 18, 2017
Deposit Date Jun 21, 2019
Publicly Available Date Mar 1, 2023
Publisher Liverpool University Press
Pages 145-177
Book Title Hull: Culture, History, Place
Chapter Number 6
ISBN 9781781384190; 9781781384206
Keywords City of Culture; Migration; Transmigration; Hull; Diaspora
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