The assisted emigration of British ex-servicemen to the dominions, 1914—1922
in Emigrants and empire
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Post-war imperial migration was not regarded as a major issue by the Imperial government until the summer of 1916, but thereafter its close association with post-war reconstruction made it an increasingly important matter. The pressure for positive state intervention in the resettlement, rehabilitation and retraining of British ex-servicemen, including a state-aided free-passage scheme to the dominions, came from two sources. Sustained unemployment among British ex-servicemen provided the impetus for the extension of the ex-servicemen's free-passage scheme. The Dominions Royal Commission (DRC) supported the establishment of special machinery to assist ex-servicemen to select, purchase and settle on land in the overseas dominions. The reaction and response of the dominions to the free-passage scheme varied. The antagonism between the two white communities in South Africa made the emigration issue extremely sensitive and politically divisive.

Emigrants and empire

British settlement in the dominions between the wars


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