OCR GCSE History: Urban Environments: Patterns of Migration: Spitalfields

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Urban Environments: Patterns of Migration: Spitalfields

The essence of this study is on learners practising and developing their ability to use evidence effectively to understand how urban environments reflect population changes due to immigration. For the purposes of this study, the definition of an urban environment is that it is a defined area of a port city that has a long and varied history of immigration. The aim of this study is that learners should be able to explain how historians can use the physical fabric of the site and accompanying relevant documents and other source material to understand how changes in the site have reflected patterns of migration, including:

  • when immigrant groups arrived, why and from where
  • how immigrants were received by settled populations
  • the experiences of immigrants, including daily lives and occupations
  • key events in local migration history
  • the impact of migration on the area.

The study of Spitalfields, London, is applicable for examination in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Themes discussed include:

When immigrant groups arrived, why and from where?

  • The history of immigration to and emigration from the area.
  • Where people migrated from and why.
  • How patterns of migration have changed over time.
  • How these are reflected in the urban environment.

How immigrants were received by the settled populations

  • How and where immigrant groups settled in the area.
  • Positive and negative responses by the receiving population.
  • Positive and negative responses by the authorities.
  • How these are reflected in the urban environment.

The experience of immigrants

  • Housing, welfare and living conditions.
  • Employment and occupations.
  • Faith and community organisations.
  • How these are reflected in the urban environment.

Key events in local migration history

  • Events of key significance in the immigration history of the area.
  • Where these events took place.
  • How these events are remembered and commemorated.
  • How they are reflected in the urban environment.

The impact of migration on the area

  • Economic, social, political and cultural impact.
  • How continued migration has affected and changed the area.
  • The nature of the current multicultural community.
  • How this is reflected in the urban environment.

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