• Short Summary

    RECENT IMMIGRATION LAWS, INTRODUCED BY THE KENYAN GOVERNMENT DESIGNED TO GIVE PRIORITY IN EMPLOYMENT TO KENYANS HAS CAUSED A FLOOD OF ASIANS, HOLDING BRITISH PASSPORTS, TO LONDON, IN SEARCH OF A NEW HOME.

  • Description

    RECENT IMMIGRATION LAWS, INTRODUCED BY THE KENYAN GOVERNMENT DESIGNED TO GIVE PRIORITY IN EMPLOYMENT TO KENYANS HAS CAUSED A FLOOD OF ASIANS, HOLDING BRITISH PASSPORTS, TO LONDON, IN SEARCH OF A NEW HOME. MOST OF THE IMMIGRANTS ARE CLERICAL AND SEMI-SKILLED WORKERS IN THEIR 20'S AND 30'S, WHO FEAR THEY WILL NOT BE GRANTED WORK PERMITS UNDER THE NEW LAWS.

    ALTHOUGH MOST OF THE ASIAN POPULATION WERE BORN IN KENYA, THEY FEEL THERE IS NO SECURITY FOR THEM IN TRADE AND COMMERCE, WHICH THEY HAVE TRADITIONALLY DOMINATED. MOST DECIDED TO APPLY FOR BRITISH PASSPORT, AT THE TIME OF KENYA'S INDEPENDENCE IN 1963, WHEN BRITAIN GAVE THEM THE CHOICE BETWEEN BRITISH AND KENYAN NATIONALITY. A BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION SPOKESMAN SAID THAT AT A ROUGH ESTIMATE, MORE THAN 190,000 ASIANS IN KENYA HOLD OR ARE ENTITLED TO BRITISH PASSPORTS.

    THE MASS EXODUS HAD CAUSED THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT A GREAT DEAL OF CONCERN. THE NUMBER OF KENYAN IMMIGRANTS ENTERING BRITAIN HAS REACHED 1,000 A WEEK AT TIMES AND CONSERVATIVE OPPOSITION LEADERS HAVE PUT PRESSURE ON THE GOVERNMENT TO LEGISLATE TO CURB THE FLOW.

    KENYAN OFFICIALS SAY THE EXODUS HAS UNDOUBTEDLY BEEN AGGRAVATED RECENTLY BECAUSE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF THE BRITISH LEGISLATION TO STOP THEM.

    NOW, THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IS REPORTED TO BE PLANNING A DISCREET NEW EFFORT TO CURB THE FLOW. THE FRESH ATTEMPT, AFTER MONTHS OF BRITISH DIPLOMATIC ACTIVITY IN NAIROBI, WILL BE IN THE HANDS OF BRITAIN'S SPECIAL ROVING ENVOY IN AFRICA, MR. MALCOLM MACDONALD. HE IS AT PRESENT HAVING ROUTINE DISCUSSIONS IN LONDON AND FLIES BACK TO HIS BASE IN NAIROBI IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS, AFTER A HOLIDAY IN THE FAR EAST. THE BRITISH CABINET, ANXIOUS ABOUT THE STRAIN IMPOSED ON HOUSING AND WELFARE SERVICES BY THE LARGE NUMBER OF IMMIGRANTS ARRIVING, PLACES SOME HOPE ON THE FRIENDLY RELATIONS BETWEEN MR. MACDONALD AND KENYA'S LEADERS.

    HOWEVER, THERE IS NO GREAT OPTIMISM IN GOVERNMENT CIRCLES THAT MR. MACDONALD WILL BE ABLE TO ACHIEVE MUCH TO EASE THE PROBLEM.

    IN NAIROBI, KENYA'S ECONOMIC PLANNING MINISTER, MR. TOM MBOYA SHOWED NO CONCERN AT THE MASS EXODUS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA67MVDU4880Y22G7D2WHM8KI1C
    Media URN:
    VLVA67MVDU4880Y22G7D2WHM8KI1C
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/02/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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