Story: Immigration regulation

19th-century Indian immigrants

19th-century Indian immigrants

This Sikh, who worked as a peddler, was one of the early Indian immigrants to New Zealand. In the 19th century Indians were British subjects, and unlike the Chinese, they remained free to enter New Zealand. However, from 1899 the government enacted laws designed to curb Indian immigration.

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Ann Beaglehole, 'Immigration regulation - 1881–1914: restrictions on Chinese and others', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 September 2023)

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