Story: Immigration regulation

'The Hindoo peril’

'The Hindoo peril’

When New Zealand began to restrict Chinese immigration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the British government became anxious about the impact on its interests in China, India and Japan. In 1896, by withholding royal assent, the British government struck down the Asiatic Restriction Bill passed by New Zealand. In this 1917 cartoon a British politician is opening a door that New Zealand has shut against Indian immigrants. In 1920, New Zealand passed a law that was acceptable to the British: it excluded Asians without the overt discrimination that might have embarrassed Britain in Asian countries.

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Reference: Truth, 1917
Cartoon by Thomas Ellis Glover

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Ann Beaglehole, 'Immigration regulation - Immigration policy: overview', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 July 2024)

Story by Ann Beaglehole, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Aug 2015