By Nick Martin, Sky News Correspondent
Britain’s cultural make-up can only benefit from immigration, according to academics who say history proves that migration is good for the country.
Language, the arts, fashion, architecture and food are just some of the areas that have been influenced by the scores of nationalities which have arrived in Britain in the last century, according to Dr James Hopkins from Manchester University.
In Manchester, where more than 200 languages are spoken, the cultural fabric of the city is changing constantly.
“We are the winners from immigration, there’s no doubt about that,” said Dr Hopkins.
“Immigration has built cities like Manchester and migrants have brought skills but much, much more.
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