HC Deb 05 March 1940 vol 358 cc221-2W
Sir H. Croft

asked the Home Secretary how many alien Jews have found asylum in Great Britain since 1932; and whether he has information as to the number which have entered the British Dominions in that period?

Sir J. Anderson

All persons coming into this country must satisfy the immigration officer as to their nationality but they are not required to declare their religion or racial origin, and I regret therefore that I am unable to give figures showing how many of the refugees who come to this country are Jewish. Similarly, as regards the Dominions, I understand that except in the case of Canada the immigration returns do not distinguish immigrants by race or religion. Returns from Canada show that from January, 1933, to December, 1939, 6,182 persons who were classified as "Hebrews" were admitted to Canada, 4,246 through ocean ports and the balance from the United States.