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Migrants, immigrants and welfare from the Old Poor Law to the Welfare State

Feldman, David (2003) Migrants, immigrants and welfare from the Old Poor Law to the Welfare State. Transactions of the Royal Historical Society 13 , pp. 79-104. ISSN 0080-4401.


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Under the Old Poor Law internal migrants moved from one jurisdiction to another when they crossed parochial boundaries. Following the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 central government took an enlarged and expanding part in welfare. As it did so, the entitlement to welfare of immigrants from overseas was scrutinised at a national level in a way that was analogous to the manner in which the status of internal migrants had previously been scrutinised at a parochial level. Having established this analogy, the essay asks whether the entitlement to welfare of outsiders improved or deteriorated over time and seeks to account for the broad trends.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2003 Royal Historical Society. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the Royal Historical Society.
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
Depositing User: Sandra Plummer
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2008 16:24
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:33

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