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A love letter to London, city of migrants

Incomers have created new cuisine and helped run the finance industry

A mother and baby in Chinatown, Limehouse in the 1920s

A mother and baby in Chinatown, Limehouse in the 1920s

London has never been a place peopled only by the “liberal metropolitan elite.” Yet this term has become commonplace in the debate on immigration: a catch-all way to dismiss anti-racist challenges to arguments against migration.

Panikos Panayi’s Migrant City unsettles that metropolitan stereotype. The London Panayi describes is made up of people from all over the world—coming to play football, creating new kinds of cuisine, opening shops, falling…

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