Welcome to Britain (1976)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Politics & Government, Race & Ethnicity, Social Issues  |   Run Time - 72 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Clarke Fountain

This documentary follows the 1975-76 efforts of Reuben Davis, who seeks to ease the difficulties of would-be immigrants, holders of valid British passports, who are denied resident entry permits to the country because of that country's schizophrenic practice of issuing such passports to citizens of former colonies (Pakistan, East Africa, Cyprus) and at the same time refusing them entry into the country. Mr. Davis is shown interviewing the victims of this policy, advising them of options, and is also shown badgering immigration officials and the hapless holder of the post of Minister of Information. His efforts seem to have borne little fruit, as this same difficulty continues through the 1990s.