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Coll 1/54 'Aden. Recruitment of Arabs from the Aden Protectorate and the Yemen for service with the Italian Colonial forces in Italian Somaliland; recruitment of Indians' [‎76r] (151/320)

The record is made up of 1 file (160 folios). It was created in 28 Dec 1934-29 Nov 1935. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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if you li/rold arrange to ascertain his views and report them
to me provided that you see no objection. In approaching him
you shoul-d make it clear however that it is for His Majesty* s
G-ovornment to make a decision regarding recruitment through
.Aden or emoarkation at that port c It would be understood
meanwhile that no facilities would be provided at Aden for
recruitment of non-British subjects for service in Italian
Colonies or Ethiopia but that, provided that their departure
involves no breach of .the Indian Immigration Act, i,e* provided
that they depart without agreement to work for hire etc, or
withou* assistance, steps need not he taken to prevent non--"
British sub.1ec.ts from proceeding to Ethiopia or Italian
Colonies if they wish to do so in order to take up employment 0

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The file contains correspondence regarding the recruitment of labour from the Aden Settlement, the Aden Protectorate, and Yemen, for service in Italian Somaliland.

Following requests from the Italian Consul at Aden for an increased number of labourers to work in Italian Somaliland and Eritrea, the India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. , the Foreign Office and the Aden Chief Commissioner consider the options available to prevent the recruitment of British Subjects or Protected Persons for either the Italian or Ethiopian forces. Following communications with the King of Yemen it is agreed that Yemeni subjects should also be prevented from travelling from Aden ports for that purpose.

The file also contains telegraphic correspondence with the Government of India, the Governor-General of Sudan, and British diplomatic staff in British Somaliland, Ethiopia, and Italy, requesting that efforts should be made to prevent recruitment from those locations. The likelihood of war between Italy and Ethiopia is discussed throughout the correspondence.

A large part of the correspondence concerns the legality of preventing emigration from Aden ports, and involves discussion of the Indian Emigration Act (1922), and the drafting of the Aden (Protection of Emigrants) Regulation (1935), the published version of which appears at ff 5-13. The Act prohibited emigration from Aden without obtaining a permit.

The file includes a divider which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the end of the correspondence (folio 1).

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1 file (160 folios)
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The papers are arranged in rough chronological order from the rear to the front of the file

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 160; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

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Coll 1/54 'Aden. Recruitment of Arabs from the Aden Protectorate and the Yemen for service with the Italian Colonial forces in Italian Somaliland; recruitment of Indians' [‎76r] (151/320), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/1492, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100034861753.0x000098> [accessed 25 February 2024]

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