Colonial, Refugee and Allied Civilians after the First World War: Immigration Restriction and Mass Repatriation

1st Edition

Jacqueline Jenkinson

April 20, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 240 Pages
ISBN 9780367085841 - CAT# K406721
Series: Routledge Studies in First World War History

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Following the First World War and in actions which challenged Britain’s reputation as a liberal democracy, various government departments implemented policies of mass repatriation from Britain of populations of colonial and friendly migrants and refugees. Many of those repatriated had played a significant part in the war effort and had given valuable service in the combat zones and on the home front: serving in the armed forces, in labour battalions and employed in key wartime industries; such as munitions work, the merchant navy and wartime construction. This book sets out to uncover why central government decided to implement a policy of repatriation of "friendly" peoples after the war. It also explores the imposition of wartime and post-war legal restrictions on these groups as part of a major shift in policy towards reducing the settlement and limiting the employment of overseas populations in Britain.

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