Throughout most of this period there were ever tighter controls on immigration.

Key facts:

Immigration Laws 1905-1925What did it mean?
1905Aliens ActImmigrants were allowed entry only if they had enough money to support themselves and a job to go to. Refugees were still allowed entry.
1914Status of Aliens Act‘Aliens’ (foreigners who had come from another country) had to register with the police and could be deported.
1919Alien Registration (Amendment) ActOnly certain jobs were open to ‘aliens.’
1925Coloured Alien Seamen OrderThis established a ‘colour bar’ on merchant shipping jobs.