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Commonwealth Immigrants Act 1968

Commonwealth Immigrants Act 1968[1]
Long title An Act to amend sections 1 and 2 of the Commonwealth Immigrants Act 1962, and Schedule 1 to that Act, and to make further provision as to Commonwealth citizens landing in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man; and for purposes connected with the matters aforesaid
Chapter 1968 c. 9
Royal Assent 1 March 1968

The Commonwealth Immigrants Act 1968 (c. 9) was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

The Act amended the Commonwealth Immigrants Act 1962, further modifying rights of citizens of the Commonwealth of Nations countries (now, in 2010, comprising approximately 1.9 billion people, including New Zealand, Australia, The Republic of India, Islamic Republic of Pakistan (which included East Pakistan province), some African nations including Nigeria and many Caribbean islands) to migrate to the UK.

The 1968 Act restricted the future right of entry previously enjoyed by Citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies, to those born there or who had a least one parent or grandparent born there. It was introduced amid concerns that up to 200,000 Kenyan Asians fleeing that country's "Africanization" policy, would take up their right to reside in the UK. The bill went through parliament in three days, supported by the leadership of both the governing Labour and main opposition Conservative parties, though opposed by a few Conservatives such as Iain Macleod and Michael Heseltine, and the small parliamentary Liberal Party.[2]

The 1968 Act was superseded by the Immigration Act 1971. The full text of the 1968 Act is online here.


  1. ^ Short title as conferred by s. 7 of the Act
  2. ^ Mark Lattimer (22 January 1999). "When Labour played the racist card". New Statesman. Retrieved 1 Mar 2012. 

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