Aliens of Enemy Nationality.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence. – in the House of Commons on 23rd July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Maurice Petherick Mr Maurice Petherick , Penryn and Falmouth

asked the Home Secretary how many aliens of enemy origin who came to this country during the period, inclusive, 1933 up till the outbreak of war, and from the outbreak of war until the latest available date, are still in the United Kingdom; and how many in each of these categories are interned?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

Figures of the numbers of aliens who are registered with the police are collected each year and classified according to nationality, but to obtain particulars showing in what year each of these registered aliens came to this country so as to enable the alien population to be classified according to length of residence here would be an extremely laborious task which it has not been possible to undertake under war conditions. The total number of aliens of enemy nationality at present interned, including those interned in Canada and Australia, is 7,849. Of the aliens of enemy nationality who have come here since 1933 a large proportion are refugees from Nazi oppression, and many of these have been released from internment in accordance with the policy set out in the White Paper of October, 1940.