Following the First World War and in actions that 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 also explores 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
Acknowledgements; Introduction; 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; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index
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.