Public Health and Immigration Policy

  • James Hampshire


Having considered the supposed threats of welfare parasitism and sexual contamination in the previous two chapters, I turn now to address how the public health implications of colonial immigration informed political debate and policy outcomes. In the 1950s and 1960s, immigration was widely thought to present a threat to public health, and the most common response was to recommend some form of medical examination for immigrants. The British Medical Association (BMA), for example, lobbied the Ministry of Health, arguing that medical checks should be made compulsory at ports of entry. Although it resisted the calls for compulsory medical examinations, the Ministry responded to growing pressure from the medical establishment, the press, and the public in general, by developing a dual strategy comprised of integrationist measures and limited examinations upon entry.


National Health Service Medical Examination Immigration Policy Venereal Disease Immigrant Community 
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© James Hampshire 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • James Hampshire
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  1. 1.University of SussexUK

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