"...as we take full control, we will
continue to welcome law-abiding people from around the world who help make the UK
a diverse society and dynamic economy. But the end of free movement gives us an
opportunity to reset the conversation on migration."
The UK’s future skills-based immigration system
During World War II, people from the West Indies arrived in Handsworth, Birmingham as part of the colonial war effort, working, in particular, in Birmingham munitions factories. In the post-war period, as Britain and Birmingham began to rebuild, the call to the Commonwealth went out again.
Thousands answered this invitation to come to the Motherland, significantly expanding Birmingham's industrial base, many of them settling in Handsworth due to the affordability of housing there.
Whilst time has sadly taken many of those who originally answered that call, their grandchildren and great-grandchildren still remain, at the end of their migrant journey, their presence acting as their legacy. This then is a work about those who remain in a Handsworth of change.
A Handsworth that has seen civil insurrection on its streets, racial tensions between communities and in recent years has seen many from The EU arrive, and perhaps with Brexit, will soon see many of them leave.
As Britain begins "to reset the conversation on migration" no-one knows what awaits Britain or how its relationship with migration will change in the future.
Or indeed, how this will impact on existing 'migrant communities', in particular, the often ignored Black working classes and millennials, coming, as they are, to an end of their youth during the last days of summer.