HC Deb 08 March 1923 vol 161 cc748-9W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies the total number of emigrants from Great Britain for each of the four years ending December, 1913, and the four years ending December, 1922, distinguishing between the Dominions and foreign countries?

Year ending British Subjects Emigrating to Excess of British Emigrants over British Immigrants.
British Countries. Foreign Countries. All Countries.
31st March, 1913 293,000 72,000 365,000 300,000
31st March, 1914 243,000 68,000 311,000 229.000
31st December, 1921 130,000 43,000 173,000 106,000
31st December, 1922 113,000 40,000 153,000 90.000

Similar particulars are not available for periods prior to 1st April, 1912. The earlier statistics show the passengers who left the United Kingdom and the passengers who entered it, these passengers consisting not only of migrants, but also of business people, tourists, etc. The average excess of British passengers outward to non-European countries over British passengers inward from such countries during the years 1909 to 1913 was about 230,000 per annum, a figure which is inclusive of the net movement from Ireland. The records for the years 1919 and 1920 were seriously affected by the repatriation of persons who had been in this country for purposes connected with the War, and are, therefore, not comparable with the figures given above. There is some reason for believing that the figures given in the above table for the year ending 31st March, 1913, include an important number of persons incorrectly described as having been permanently resident in Great Britain.