Reference FO 371/29179
Title Advisory Council on Aliens
Former Department Reference File 47 (papers 9015-end)
Government Department Foreign Office
Themes Social Relations
Subthemes Families and relationships, Foreign nationals and newcomers, Dislocated populations
Document Types Meeting Minutes, Memoranda, Official Correspondence
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations Australia, Canada, Isle of Man, Liverpool, United States of America
Organisations Advisory Council on Aliens, British Council
Notes The following article(s) have been removed from this file due to copyright restrictions: New Statesman and Nation, 09 August 1941, Alien Doctors.


A file of official correspondence, memoranda, and meeting minutes concerning the internment of enemy aliens. The documents contain the minutes of several meetings of the British government's Council on Aliens, convened to discuss the lives of enemy aliens interned both within Britain itself and in the wider British Commonwealth; and correspondence concerning the appointment to the council of a permanent representative from the British Council. The documents also include a series of statistical tables providing data regarding applications from German, Italian, and Austrian nationals held in British internment camps; and a memorandum on British internment policy, covering the deportation of several thousand enemy aliens to internment camps in Canada and Australia, and the possibility of permitting these aliens to emigrate to the United States of America. Other documents discuss the British government's decision to permit enemy aliens to become firewatchers, which would exempt these aliens from certain travel restrictions.


aliens, Anthony Eden, Austrian nationals, Belgian nationals, British Dominions, committee members, conscription, culture, deportation, doctors, Dutch nationals, education, emigration, employment, fire services, fire watch, German nationals, government committees, government departments, health services, healthcare, immigration, internment, Italian nationals, law, local authorities, Polish nationals, prisoner-of-war camps, prisoners, prisoners of war, prisons, public opinion, recreation, refugees, standard of living, Statesman and Nation, transportation, travel restrictions, youths

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