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date: 15 October 2019

Political refugees in Britain, 1826–1905locked

  • Bernard Porter


The Aliens Act of 1905, introduced by Aretas Akers-Douglas, home secretary in A. J. Balfour's administration, prohibited the landing in Britain of 'undesirable' immigrants, meaning those too poor to support themselves or their dependants. Enacted in response to a brief period of alarm against east European Jewish immigrants, and after a campaign in which the MP for ...

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