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Thursday, 13 October 1955

Mr HOLT - That information can be made readily available to honorable gentlemen. The intake of other than British immigrants has varied according to circumstances obtaining in some of the European countries. For example, in the period after the war, when a large displaced persons programme was an element in the general immigration programme, we had a considerable number of people coming to Australia from Poland, the Ukraine and other countries which are now behind the Iron Curtain. Of course, there has not been a continuation of intake from those points. In more recent years, most of our European intake has come from Italy, Holland, Germany and Austria. In still more recent times, there has been an increased flow from Greece. Over the whole period, the British component has amounted to from 48 per cent, to 49 per cent, of the total intake. Far from the British flow falling away, I am happy to be able to report to honorable members my belief that interest has never been keener in the United Kingdom, despite the prosperous and full employment situation there. We are getting a continuing flow, on the scale that we desire, of immigrants from that country. If our resources were greater, we would be able to cope with a bigger British intake, and would be glad to do so. But within the programme we have decided upon, we are getting the numbers of British migrants that we are seeking. I shall make available to the honorable gentleman the break-up of the nationalities as he has requested.

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