Mon asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 10 years ago

why were non-british migrants allowed into australia?

what were the reasons for them not to come into australia??

4 Answers

  • Randal
    Lv 7
    10 years ago
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    The White Australia policy comprises various historical policies that intentionally restricted "non-white" immigration to Australia from 1901 to 1973.

    Competition in the goldfields, labour disputes and Australian nationalism created an environment of racial antagonism during the second half of the 19th century which led to the passage of the Immigration Restriction Act in 1901, one of the first Acts of the national parliament upon federation. The passage of this bill is considered the commencement of the White Australia Policy as Australian government policy. Subsequent acts further strengthened the policy up to the start of World War II.


    Immigration has been vital to Australia's development since the beginning of European settlement in 1788. For generations, most settlers came from the British Isles, and the people of Australia are still predominantly of British or Irish origin, with a culture and outlook similar to those of Americans. Non-British/Irish immigration has increased significantly since World War II through an extensive, planned immigration program. Since 1945, 7 million migrants have settled in Australia, including 700,000 refugee and humanitarian entrants. About 80% have remained; 24%--almost one in four--of Australians are foreign-born. Britain, Ireland, Italy, Greece, New Zealand, and the former Yugoslavia were the largest sources of post-war immigration. In the year to June 2009, New Zealand was the largest source country for permanent migrants to Australia, with Britain, India, China, and the Philippines making up the rest of the top five. Australia's humanitarian and refugee program of about 13,000 per year is in addition to other immigration programs. In recent years, refugees from Africa, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia have comprised the largest element in Australia's refugee program.


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  • 10 years ago

    because they were racist. For example, Asians weren't really allowed because they didn't know how to speak english & some weren't allowed because they weren't white skinned. I think thats the answer im pretty sure ahah.

    Source(s): School
  • 10 years ago

    The same as any other country.

    Some were asylum seekers and others had skills that were needed.

  • 10 years ago

    You're question and sub question contradict each other

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