'Chifley liked them Blond': DP immigrants for Australia

Persian, Jayne (2015) 'Chifley liked them Blond': DP immigrants for Australia. History Australia, 12 (2). pp. 80-101. ISSN 1449-0854


170,000 ‘displaced persons’ (DPs) – predominantly Central and Eastern Europeans – arrived in Australia between 1947 and 1952 as refugees sponsored by the International Refugee Organization (IRO). This article traces the political evolution of the decision by Arthur Calwell’s new Department of Immigration not only to accept, but to actively recruit, displaced persons, as well as examining the Department’s racial and political standards of acceptability in relation to this first mass non- British migration program to Australia. It argues that whiteness, potential as workers and, to a lesser extent, anti-communism were the main criteria applied in judging the suitability of DPs for settlement in Australia.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2016 00:49
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 00:43
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
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Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/14490854.2015.11668571
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/29540

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