HC Deb 28 January 1931 vol 247 c993W

asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of emigrants from this country in each of the last two years and the names of those countries which have recently closed the door of emigration to British emigrants?


The numbers of British subjects who were recorded as leaving permanent residence in the United Kingdom with the intention of taking up permanent residence in places out of Europe during the years 1929 and 1930 were 143,686 and 92,158 respectively. Residence for a year or more is treated as permanent residence. With regard to the second part of the question, I am informed that the general policy of all oversea countries at the present moment is to discourage immigration. No restrictions are, however, placed on the entry into the Dominions of healthy migrants from the United Kingdom provided they are of British nationality, are of good character, and are in a position to defray their own expenses.

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