british fish and chips Us Brits may have to start thinking about what our real home grown treasures are after it was revealed during Refugee Week UK that all the things that make us British were in fact created by immigrants. Head of Refugee Week UK, Almir Koldzic, said: ‘Most people do not realise the invaluable contribution that refugees have made, and continue to make, to this country.’ Proving his point we’ve found out that fish and chips was originally brought here by Jewish immigrants expelled from Portugal in the 17th century. The creator of the Mini, Sir Alec Issigonis, was a Greek refugee who fled Turkey in 1922. And Polish Jew Michael Marks fled Eastern Europe to co-found Marks & Spencer in 1884. Curry may be our national dish, however we’d like to point out that no one will ever take Cornish Pasties, Scotland’s battered Mars bars and of course binge drinking away from us!