Empire migration and imperial harmony
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The attraction of Empire migration and settlement as part of a greater imperial economic and welfare strategy remained self-evident to many commentators in the United Kingdom between the wars. Optimism largely evaporated in economic depression, which as in the past demonstrated that most migrants could be pulled in only by prosperity overseas and would not be expelled merely by distress at home. The lack of harmony between social provision in the United Kingdom and in the overseas Empire made migration risky. The disappointment demanded a more circumspect study of that natural harmony which was supposedly sufficient, with a nudge from assisted passages and land settlement schemes, to send a flow of British migrants overseas. In the 1880s and 1890s less than one-third of British emigrants had sailed to Empire destinations; most of the rest had headed for the USA.

Emigrants and empire

British settlement in the dominions between the wars


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