HC Deb 20 May 1930 vol 239 c223W
Viscount ELMLEY

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs if he has any data indicating why emigration to Australia, New Zealand and British South Africa has decreased so much in recent years?


The decline in migration to Australia and New Zealand in recent years has been more marked in the case of assisted migrants than in the case of unassisted migrants who, subject to good health and character, are free to enter the Dominions without restrictions. The flow of assisted migrants must necessarily be regulated by the requirements of the respective Dominions, and in the case of Australia and New Zealand existing conditions are for the time unfavourable to a strong demand for assisted migration. The same causes no doubt tend to have a similar effect upon unassisted migration. No assisted passage scheme has been arranged with His Majesty's Government in the Union of South Africa, but migration to that Dominion has never attained high figures.