Slamming the door shut: Patterns of Punjabi immigration to Victoria (Australia) during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century

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Abstract

As British subjects, Punjabi men emigrated to various British colonies in search of economic opportunities. This paper examines the pattern and extent of Punjabi immigration to the colony (and later state) of Victoria (Australia). The overall numbers show a steady increase until 1901 when the passage of the Immigration Restriction Act effectively terminated all immigration from South Asia and East Asia. The data also show that, on a decadal level, the age of immigrants steadily increased.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-142
Number of pages14
JournalSouth Asian Diaspora
Volume13
Issue number2
Early online date19 Sep 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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