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BBC Asian Network marks the Great Asian Exodus

This August, BBC Asian Network and BBC Radio Leicester are joining forces to look at the 40th anniversary of Idi Amin ordering Asians out of Uganda.

Around 27,000 Ugandan Asians came to settle in the UK, with many ending up in Leicester, changing the face of the city forever.

Presenter Rupal Rajani says: “I hope these special programmes on the BBC Asian Network and BBC Radio Leicester will help capture the thoughts and memories of first generation Ugandan Asians and also bring about discussion and understanding to the new generation, who may or may not be aware of their roots. They are a celebration of the positive impact that Ugandan Asians have had throughout the UK over the last 40 years.”

Mark Strippel, Head of Programmes, BBC Asian Network says: “The Asian Ugandan migration 40 years ago was a major moment in British-Asian history, having a lasting impact on wider British culture and communities. These programmes celebrate the key contribution made by this community and the significance of this anniversary.”

Coverage to mark the anniversary includes special films on BBC Breakfast, East Midlands Today and World TV.