A ‘Great Deal of Discrimination is Necessary in Administering the Law’: Frontier Guards and Migration Control in Early Twentieth-Century South Africa

Rachel K. Bright
  • Journal of Migration History, March 2018, Brill
  • DOI: 10.1163/23519924-00401003

Case study of border control admin; treatment of Jewish and Indians in the Cape in early 20th c.

What is it about?

While most recent scholarship on modern migration control has emphasised the shared legal origins in the US, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, this article focuses on the distinctively arbitrary bureaucrat-driven system which developed in Britain's settler colonies. It uses the personal papers of Clarence Wilfred Cousins, the Chief Immigration Officer in the Cape, then South Africa (1905–1922), and the Cape Jewish Board of Deputies.

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