Colonial, Refugee and Allied Civilians after the First World War: Immigration Restriction and Mass Repatriation, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Colonial, Refugee and Allied Civilians after the First World War

Immigration Restriction and Mass Repatriation, 1st Edition

By Jacqueline Jenkinson


240 pages

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Following the First World War and in actions which challenged Britain’s reputation as a liberal democracy, various government departments implemented policies of mass repatriation from Britain of populations of colonial and friendly migrants and refugees.Many of those repatriated had played a significant part in the war effort and had given valuable service in the combat zones and on the home front: serving in the armed forces, in labour battalions and employed in key wartime industries; such as munitions work, the merchant navy and wartime construction. This book sets out to uncover why central government decided to implement a policy of repatriation of "friendly" peoples after the war. It alsoexplores the imposition of wartime and post-war legal restrictions on these groups as part of a major shift in policy towards reducing the settlement and limiting the employment of overseas populations in Britain.

Table of Contents


1. The Arrival of Colonial and Friendly Migrants and Refugees and their

Wartime Employment

2. Host Responses to Colonial and Friendly Migrants and Refugees

3. Aliens’ Legislation during and after the War

4. The Wartime Development of Government Repatriation Policy

5. The Implementation of Mass Repatriation



About the Author

Jacqueline Jenkinson is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Stirling. She has published widely on the history of minority groups in Britain during and after the First World War.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in First World War History

The First World War is a subject of perennial interest to historians and is often regarded as a watershed event, marking the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the 'modern' industrial world. The sheer scale of the conflict and massive loss of life means that it is constantly being assessed and reassessed to examine its lasting military, political, sociological, industrial, cultural and economic impact. Reflecting the latest international scholarly research, the Routledge Studies in First World War History series provides a unique platform for the publication of monographs on all aspects of the Great War. Whilst the main thrust of the series is on the military aspects of the conflict, other related areas (including cultural, visual, literary, political and social) are also addressed. Books published are aimed primarily at a post-graduate academic audience, furthering exciting recent interpretations of the war, whilst still being accessible enough to appeal to a wider audience of educated lay readers.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Africa / East
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Military / World War I