Immigration and the making of New Zealand, 1918–1939
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The growth in the size of New Zealand's population and labour force had never been allowed to be entirely dependent on either natural increase or on uncontrolled free-market immigration. Manufacturers looked to immigration, however, to satisfy more than their need for labour. New Zealand manufacturers were therefore keen to see their potential customers increased by immigration and population growth. Farmers' representatives were particularly interested in encouraging juvenile immigration. The Immigration Department in 1920 asked local Farmers' Unions if they would welcome a proposal to bring in British lads aged seventeen to twenty as farm labourers. The Otago Expansion League, the Canterbury Progress League and the Nelson Progress League added their propaganda to the arguments of local Chambers of Commerce and employers' associations. New Zealand governments between the wars were subjected to very considerable pressures in the formulation and execution of immigration policy.

Emigrants and empire

British settlement in the dominions between the wars

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