The Problem of the Immigrant

During a year spent studying emigration and immigration conditions in thirteen countries in Europe, it became necessary to familiarize myself with the situation in each country, so as far was practicable.

I found it was most difficult to get the data required. Many different languages were involved and the laws and regulations in some of the countries were contained in widely scattered statutes, Government decrees, and police regulations.

In many instances it was only through the courtesy and disinterested kindness of Government officials, Ambassadors, attaches, of embassies, and consular representatives that it was made possible to secure an intelligent idea of the situation.

To these gentlemen and to others who were most kind I wish to express my appreciation and obligation. Believing that some of the data would be of value to the many now interested in these topics, and, indeed, even necessary for an understanding if the international situation, and knowing of no work containing the same, I have ventured to gather in book form some of the material secured, which I hope will prove useful to those who are called upon to legislate, discuss, or write about the subject. No pretense is made that the discussion and data presented begin to cover the great field offered in the subject treated, nor is it intended that the volume should be considered as a technical lawbook for the legal phase is merely outlined in the attempt to give some information as to the character of legislation now in force or under consideration.

James Davenport Whelpley

London, February 13, 1905

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