HC Deb 29 October 1908 vol 195 cc491-2

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade how many people emigrated from the United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States, respectively, in 1906, and how many immigrants entered America in the same year.


I will have such information upon the subject as is available printed in the Votes.

[The following is the information referred to.]

The following statement gives such of the information asked for by the hon. Member as available from official records, and indicates the principal qualifications which have to be borne in mind in attempting any comparison between the figures.

1. United Kingdom. — No records exist of "emigration" properly so-called, i.e., of emigration for settlement abroad. Over a series of years, however, it may be assumed that the net outward movement of passengers of British nationality to non-Europeon destinations affords a fair estimate of the volume of such emigration. The figures of this not outward movement for 1906 are as follows:—

Outward Movement
Number of Passengers of British and Irish nationality leaving the United Kingdom for places out of Europe 325,137
Inward Movement.
Number of Passengers of British and Irish nationality arriving in the United Kingdom from places out of Europe 130,466
Net Balance Outward 194,671

2. Germany.—The total number of "emigrants" (so described in Official Returns) of German nationality embarked at German and certain foreign ports in 1906 for non-European countries is officially recorded as 30,764.

3. United States.—In ordinary years there is probably very little real emigration from the United States. The number of passengers, other than cabin passengers, leaving the seaports of the United States (not including British North America) in the year ended 30th June, 1907, was, however, 344,989.

The total number of "alien immigrants" admitted into the United States during the calendar year 1906 was 1,241,836.