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Friday, 27 August 1937


Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE - On the 25th August, Senator Collett asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior, upon notice : -

With reference to the subject of migration, will the Minister furnish information as to -

(a)   The numbers of those aliens, rightly described as Southern Europeans, who were admitted to the Commonwealth during each of the following years:- 1930, 1031, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936 and the first half of 1937.

(b)   Under what general conditions they were admitted,

(c)   The number of Southern Europeans naturalized during each of the years mentioned above.

(d)   The number of Southern Europeans. naturalized and unnaturalized, who left Australia during the same period.

(e)   The excess of departures from Australia, over arrivals, of members of the British race during the years 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934. 1935, 1936 and the first half of 1937.

(f)   The main contributing cause of such excess of departures over arrivals?

The Minister for the Interior has furnishedthe following information : -

(a)   The following figures show the number of alien Southern Europeans,' i.e., Greeks, Italians, Yugo-Slavs and Albanians, who were admitted for permanent residence to the Commonwealth during the years 1930 to 1936, inclusive, and the first half of 1937, also those departing permanently during the same period and the net migration (excess arrivals over departures) : -

 

(b)   All aliens are required to obtain authority for admission. Such authority is granted as a rule to the following classes: -

(i)   dependent relatives of persons already settled in Australia, subject to satisfactory guarantees for maintenance being furnished, Dependent relatives include wives, minor children, adult single daughters and sisters, parents and fiancees;

(ii)   persons outside the category of dependent relatives who are nominated by persons in Australia guaranteeing to the satisfaction of the Minister that the nominee will not be allowed to become a charge upon the State; will engage in trades and occupations in which there is opportunity for absorption without detriment to Australian workers; and are in possession of £50 (Australian) landing money;

(iii)   aliens without guarantors in Australia who will engage in trades and occupations in which there is opportunity for their absorption without detriment to Australian workers, provided also that they are in possession of £200 (Australian) landing money.

(c)   The following is a statement of the total mu mbers of Greeks,

Italians, Yugo-Slavs and Albanians naturalized during each of the years mentioned : -

 

(d)   The figures given under (a) above show the numbers of unnaturalized SouthernEuropeans who left Australia during the same' period, but it is not practicable to give particulars regarding the departure of naturalized persons as they have been recorded as British subjects.

(e)   The excess of departures from Australia over arrivals of people of the British race was -

 

(f)   The main contributing causes for the excess of departures over arrivals of people of British race during the years referred to were -

(i)   the economic depression; and

(ii)   the severe curtailment of the granting of assisted passages from the United Kingdom.







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