Yes immigration is back in the news again, this time Commonwealth immigrants who were here before 1971. But my own experience and knowledge only goes back to the very late 80s. What was the situation before 1948? Before 1906? I'm obviously being flippant choosing 1066 as a start date, but there was certainly some immigration to Victorian Britain, wasn't there? Was there chaos in 1906 in terms of proving who was and wasn't in the UK at that point. Or did they just enforce the rules at the ports and 'aliens' simply weren't allowed in at all? And what was the situation for European immigrants before 1992? There was a large Greek community in London by 1989. Like a true nerd I know this because this was the year London Greek Radio started. Did EU citizens have the right to come here before 1992? Actually I recall 80s London having quite a lot of immigrant communities although obviously not as many as today. Just looking for some context away from the melee of the current affairs forum.