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, 7 (2), 116-27

Differential Mortality of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the Pacific Labour Trade

Differential Mortality of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the Pacific Labour Trade

R Shlomowitz. J Aust Popul Assoc.

Abstract

"Quantitative evidence is presented on the differential mortality suffered by Indian and Pacific Island labour migrants on Fiji's plantations between 1883 and 1919, and by Japanese, Chinese and Pacific Island labour migrants in the phosphate mines on Ocean Island and Nauru between 1913 and 1940. Pacific Island labour migrants suffered much higher death rates than Asian labour migrants, due, it is suggested, to their much greater vulnerability to newly introduced infectious diseases."

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