A massive campaign to encourage one million Europeans to immigrate to Rhodesia has been launched by the Smith regime.
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Background: A massive campaign to encourage one million Europeans to immigrate to Rhodesia has been launched by the Smith regime.
Rhodesians are being urged to provide the names and addresses of potential immigrants in Britain "or anywhere else" for the "Settler's 74 Campaign."
It comes at a time when the number of Europeans leaving Rhodesia is almost as great as the immigrants, when there are more than 1,000 apartments empty in Salisbury alone (a city with a European population of 70,000) and Rhodesians have faced a year long guerrilla campaign in the north-east.
But while blocks of new flats for Europeans lie half empty, there is a serious shortage of African housing.
Rhodesia's African National council reacted sharply to the "Settlers 74 Campaign" on Thursday (January 2).
An ANC spokesman said the Africans would not be deceived by claims that immigration would result in more jobs for blacks. The new jobs would be for domestic servants and nannies, said the spokesman.
The majority of the new immigrants "would be failures in their own countries," he added.
The Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), the Rhodesian black nationalist organisation also condemned the immigrant plan and said it was designed to safeguard the Smith regime at a time when the fight in the north east was being intensified.
Another black politician said he foresaw the "beginning of the end for white rule in Rhodesia. The immigration and housing slump would snowball "and there would simply be insufficient whites in Rhodesia to run the country."
The Rhodesian leader Mr. Ian Smith in his New Year's Eve message said that the current economic and social ills of Europe, especially Britain, was bound to attract immigrants in their thousands. Rhodesia had much more to offer to the average white man than Europe, he said.
But on January 2 news came in of a New Year's Eve attack on two trains on the main line between Rhodesia and the Portuguese port of Beirs. It took place less than 30 yards (metres) from the Rhodesian border.