Non-European immigration begins

Non-European immigration begins


Snowy Mountains Authority engineer, Guthega, 1952.
Image courtesy of National Archives of Australia
1 January, 1950

Immigration Minister Harold Holt makes a historic decision to allow 800 non-European war refugees to remain in Australia. Australia progressively enters into assisted migration schemes with various countries, including the Netherlands and Italy (1951), West Germany, Austria, Belgium, Greece and Spain (1952), and the United States, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland (1954).

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- From the Museum of Australian Democracy's comprehensive interactive timeline, Milestones in Australian democracy.

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