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Immigration for 1931 Will Be Lowest in Century

Immigration for the 1931 calendar year will not exceed 50,000, and deportations will reach 20,000, the secretary of labor, William N. Doak, predicted today. During the fiscal year just closed the number of immigrants was about 97,000 and deportations totalled about 18,000, Mr. Doak declared.

Deportations will thus set a new record, while immigration will be cut to the lowest total in a century, records of the bureau of immigration of the department of labor show. Immigration has passed the 50,000 mark in every year since 1831, when the total was 22,633.

The extent to which immigration has been reduced is shown by the fact that in May 3,793 immigrants were admitted, compared with 19,414 in the same month last year. This means that one alien is being received in place of five a year ago. In that month, 108,000 aliens arrived, which was 30 times as many as in May of this year. In the 1914 fiscal year immigration reached a peak of 1,218,480 as against 97,000 in the fiscal year just ended.

At the present time there are about three aliens arriving for every five departing, the tide of immigration having been reversed for the first time in history.

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