The Colonial History of the 1905 Aliens Act

  title={The Colonial History of the 1905 Aliens Act},
  author={Alison Bashford and Catie Gilchrist},
  journal={The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History},
  pages={409 - 437}
The passing of the Aliens Act of 1905 was a defining moment in British immigration law and history. This article investigates the influence of settler-colonial immigration restriction laws on the passing of the Act, and questions the current historiographical inclination to focus solely on the influence of American immigration restriction laws. By analysing the trajectory of contemporary public debates, the evidence given to the Royal Commission on Alien Immigration (1902–03) and the political… Expand