Montreal Standard, 1 July 1911, page 10

 

Don’t Empty the Tank!  Danger of Attracting too many British Emigrants

 

According to so good an authority as Hon John Burns, there is a danger lest the rush of emigrants toCanadaand other British Dominions should over drain the supply of humanity in the British tales.

In a recent statement prepared for the Imperial Conference by the Minister, comparison was made between the flow of emigration from this country in 1906 and the rate at which it is proceeding now.  The returns showed that in 1906 the emigrants who left theUnited   Kingdomnumbered 194, 671, of whom 165, 173 went to places within the Empire, which thus absorbed 54 per cent.  This was a notable increase, but the sensational figures are furnished by the records of the present year.

80 per cent to Empire

In four months of the present year, there has been an increase of 73,000 or 29 per cent, and the Empire has taken the whole of that increase. AustraliaandNew Zealandhave received 10,000 in the similar more in the first four months of 1911 than in the similar period of 1910, or 133 per cent increase. If the rate of increase shown during the whole of 1911, the total emigration to all countries will amount to 300,000.  Of these, taking recent records as a basis, it is estimated that 230,000 or nearly 80 per cent, will go to countries within the Empire.

Assuming that this estimate of 300,000 proves to be correct, then there  will have departed from these shores no less than 60 per cent of theUnited Kingdomduring the year.  Clearly if by reason of still more vigorous propaganda, or subsidized passages or by any other means, the numbers of emigrants increase in anything like the same ratio, we may expect, in the same ratio, we may expect, in the course of two or perhaps three year, to witness the emigration rising to a lever when it will be equal to, or even greater than, the total increase in population.

Do not Empty the Tank.

Mr Burns while not suggesting that the time had come for checking emigration argued that there was no need for Imperial Government, and that let well alone, would be a sound policy.  He characterized the existing flow of British emigrants to the overseas dominions as a ‘generous’ contribution to their population, but, he adjured them “do not empty the tank.”

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