It has been 70 years since the ship Empire Windrush arrived into Tilbury Docks from the Caribbean. Caribbean migration has a long history in London and Windrush is a significant moment within this. It precipitated future waves of post-war mass migration and has shaped our open and diverse identity ever since.
Arrival tells the stories of the Windrush generation and celebrates their contribution to life in London. It is a platform for the many people and communities, from Europe and the rest the world, who have embarked on similar journeys. Through events and broadcast, it invites discussion and offers advice for those wanting to know more. It also shines a spotlight on the recent immigration and visa issues affecting many Commonwealth citizens.
The Mayor will thank the Windrush pioneers with three special happenings: