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The New Immigrants - What Was It Like For Them?
6 years ago
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I came across a series of pictures of new immigrants that affected me as I wondered what they must have been feeling during the moments before they landed in their new country and what was their trip by ship like? What was their reason for emigrating, what plans did they have, what were their names, and how did they live the rest of their lives?

It would be great if anyone else has information, pictures, etc. to add.


German immigrants -- 1911, Canada


Immigration to USA/Canada post 1800 - arrival

They all are arriving with probably only what they're wearing and little more. I wish I knew their names and where and how they 'pioneered'.

Look at those wee faces. I wonder what they're thinking. Can you imagine the hard work that lay ahead for them?

5 years ago


Family of Italian immigrants on Ellis Island around 1910.

5 years ago


Brown to apologise to care home children sent to Australia and Canada (2009)

Children were cut off from families and some falsely told they were orphans in programme that sent 150,000 abroad between 1920 and 1967.

Gordon Brown is to offer a formal apology to tens of thousands of British children forcibly sent to Commonwealth countries during the last century, many of whom faced abuse and a regime of unpaid labour rather than the better life they were promised.

The prime minister plans to make the apology in the new year after discussions with charities representing former child migrants and their families, a Downing Street spokeswoman said today.

In a letter to a Labour MP who has campaigned on the issue, Brown said that the "time is now right" for an apology, adding: "It is important that we take the time to listen to the voices of the survivors and victims of these misguided policies."

Government records show that at least 150,000 children aged between three and 14 were taken abroad, mainly to Australia and Canada, in a programme that began in the 1920s and did not stop until 1967.

The children, almost invariably from deprived backgrounds and already in some form of social or charitable care, were cut off from their families or even falsely informed that they were orphans.

While their parents were told the child migrants had gone to a better life, in many cases they remained in institutions or were sent to farming families and treated as unpaid labour, and many faced abuse. A key subtext to the programme, particularly in relation to Australia, was the aim of supplying Commonwealth countries with sufficient "white stock".




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