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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume III: The Nineteenth Century$
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Andrew Porter

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205654

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205654.001.0001

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Migration from Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific

Migration from Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific

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(p.88) 5 Migration from Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific
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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume III: The Nineteenth Century
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David Northrup

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205654.003.0005

After the British Isles, the most important source of overseas emigrants within the nineteenth century British Empire was British India. In addition, substantial numbers of Africans, Chinese, and Pacific Islanders entered various parts of the Empire. Most Asian, African, and Pacific immigrants were recruited on long-term labour contracts. Tropical emigrants had much in common with emigrants from Britain in their aspirations, mode of transport, and permanent settlement abroad. The differences in the destinations and status of the two groups were due as much to Imperial policy as to inherent circumstances. Tropical labour migration arose to meet slavery's decline.

Keywords:   slavery, migration, Africa, British India, South Pacific, immigrants, emigrants, Britain, Imperial policy, labour migration

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