For the most part migrant Caribbean’s had to find a happy medium between their new environment and their cultural needs. For example, the most urgent cultural need for most when they arrived in Britain concerned religion and places to worship. Due to prejudice and social exclusion early migrants were not able to practice Christianity in established churches, consequently they set up their own either in their own houses, or in community buildings. These locations were used not only as a haven, but also as a way of reuniting and building their community, which tended to centre round the church.
They used their Christian faith as an escape from the harsh realities they faced, and as a way to maintain strength and sanity in the face of oppression. Additionally, within religion, various forms of Rastafarianism and African nationalism were important influences in the community.