British Immigration Policy Since 1939: The Making of by Ian R.G. Spencer

By Ian R.G. Spencer

This can be the 1st survey of British immigration coverage to incorporate either its pre-World warfare origins and its improvement after the the most important 1962 Commonwealth Immigrants Act. it truly is an available advent to a topic of accelerating recognition with scholars and teachers. It additionally integrates the result of broad archival learn. delivering a unique standpoint to sociological ways, British Immigration coverage on account that 1939 might be of curiosity to historians, political scientists, and people learning public and social coverage.

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Revised instructions were issued to immigration officers to use their discretion in favour of the claimant to British or British protected status, even if they had no documentary proof of identity. 39 Indeed, the major thrust of the discussion about courses of action to be taken in response to the 16 British immigration policy since 1939 increased numbers of sailors who were settling in the United Kingdom was exclusively towards trying to discover ways of limiting the numbers of those who could settle and of reducing the number of those who were already in Britain.

For example, the SS Almanzora which left Jamaica in late 1947 carried ninety former members of the RAF and ex-munition factory workers; and about two-thirds of the settlers who arrived on the Empire Windrush in June 1948 had already seen service in Britain during the war. As the war grew more distant the proportion of immigrants who were veterans of the war declined. On the MV Georgic which arrived in June 1949 only twenty-six of the 163 male Jamaican immigrants were in this category. 49 The returnees formed the core of those coming to Britain in the post-war decades.

It is difficult to estimate with accuracy the number of people of Caribbean origin recruited for service in Britain. 45 One thousand technicians and trainees were recruited for service in war factories on Merseyside and in Lancashire, 1,200 British Hondurans as foresters in Scotland and an unspecified but smaller number for the merchant marine. In one scheme 200 trainees were recruited from seven different territories in 1941 for work in munitions factories. 47 The interdepartmental Overseas Manpower Committee considered the possibility of organising the very large number of unskilled volunteers who were apparently available from the Caribbean for service in Britain but concluded that the costs and risks of transatlantic travel were too high.

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