Caribbean immigrants in the 1950, an example

After the Second World War many hospitals in Europe suffered from a shortage of nurses because European women became more selective about their job choices. For that reason the Netherlands and Britain recruited young women from their colonies in the West Indies. In the 1950s several hundred young women left the Dutch colony Suriname to train as nurses in the Netherlands. The reasons for leaving varied. There was the focus on the colonial motherland and the conviction that in order to get a good education one should be in the Netherlands. But also the urge for change was an important factor. The colonial situation offered them an opportunity to move to another world. After obtaining their diploma most of them did not return to Suriname


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