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British Settlement in the Dominions Overseas


    THE various schemes which were formulated 1 just before the War to alleviate the hardships of the indigent workless and destitute and to provide for their old age had an immediate retarding effect upon emigration from the United Kingdom. The majority of emigrants are manual workers, and anything which makes for their greater security in Great Britain must increase their natural reluctance to become the sport of chance circumstance in other lands. But the empty spaces of our vast dominions must be peopled, and it is held that it is best they should be peopled by our own stock. With this object in view the Empire Settlement Act was placed on the Statute Book in 1922, to enable the Home Government, in association with the government of any part of His Majesty's Dominions, or with public authorities or public or private organisations, to formulate and co-operate in schemes for development or land settlement, and for facilitating settlement in or migration to our dominions by assistance with passages, initial allowances, training, or otherwise.

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