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Title:Building a White Man's Country: Aspects of White Immigration into Rhodesia Up to World War II
Author:Mlambo, Alois S.
Periodical:Zambezia (ISSN 0379-0622)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Great Britain
History and Exploration
Ethnic and Race Relations
Urbanization and Migration
Imperialism, Colonialism
Emigration and immigration
government policy
social history
economic history
Colonial countries
External link:http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/africanjournals/html/itemdetail.cfm?recordID=1225
Abstract:Following the occupation of Southern Rhodesia (present-day Zimbabwe) by the British in 1890, the British South Africa Company (BSAC) government, and subsequently, the various self-government administrations, cherished the dream of developing Rhodesia as a white man's country. To this end, they canvassed for European settlers, offered assisted passages, organized various settlement schemes for immigrants, and maintained a discriminatory political and economic system in favour of whites. Despite these efforts, however, the dream of developing Rhodesia as a white man's colony was not realized, as fewer European emigrants came to Rhodesia than had been envisaged. This article analyses major trends in white immigration into Rhodesia between 1890 and 1940, showing that immigration flows were not consistent but fluctuated according to the influences of both local and global circumstances. Contributing to the failure to attract British immigrants in large numbers was the fact that many emigrants from Britain preferred to emigrate to the longer-established dominions such as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Other factors inhibiting large-scale white immigration into Rhodesia were the highly selective immigration policies and anti-foreign biases of the Rhodesian government authorities. Notes, ref., sum.