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New challenges for migrant communities

February 2015

The lives of migrants remains a topic of interest for many geographical researchers but few look closely at the new lives that are carved out by those who have been displaced by natural disasters

New challenges for migrant communities

The author of the paper on which this case study is based is:  Lisa Hill, University of Bristol

Appeared in: Area: Volume 46, Issue 2

Reference: Hill, L. (2014) Life after the volcano: the embodiment of small island memories and efforts to keep Montserratian culture alive in Preston, Area 46:2, p146-153

The eruption of the Soufriere Hills in Montserrat began in July 1995 and lasted for nearly four years. Nineteen people were killed as a direct result of the eruption and two thirds of the islands’ 11,000 population either left of their own accord or were forcefully evacuated. Nearly four thousand of these migrants made their way to the UK and in particular to Preston, in the North West of England between July 1995 and December 1999. Many moved in with relatives who had previously emigrated during the 1950s ‘Windrush’ era, when Caribbean citizens came to the UK to fill the labour gap left by the Second World War.


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