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Suffolk RDC turn down housing for migrants

In an age when using the term ‘coloured’ was deemed acceptable, Anglia TV ask Councillors in Mildenhall why it is considered a problem to house migrants in the overspill town.

News 1965 3 mins

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Dick Graham for Anglia TV tackles a topical issue head-on putting forward the provocative question ‘what is wrong with coloured immigrants?’ to Mildenhall District Councillors who have concerns about the number of migrant workers occupying new council housing. The Councillors hold the opinion that cultural differences among residents may be a barrier to successful social integration. The film highlights that acceptability of language terms is very time-specific.