Story: Immigration regulation

Immigration in wartime

Immigration in wartime

During the First World War, no one could land in New Zealand without a passport or other form of identification. ‘Aliens’ (including nationals of the countries with which New Zealand was at war) were required to register. After the war, the Undesirable Immigrants Exclusion Act 1919 was aimed at Germans, socialists and Marxists.

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Reference: New Zealand Statutes Reprint, 1908-1957, pp. 317–22.

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Ann Beaglehole, 'Immigration regulation - 1914–1945: restrictions on non-British immigration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 June 2020)

Story by Ann Beaglehole, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 18 Aug 2015