Animosity towards the Britain’s German community remains high following the sinking of the Lusitania in May. There is news of a petition in circulation that demands the Government either interns or deports every enemy alien in the country. A number of Islanders have expressed an interest in signing it.
This week Jersey also learned exactly how many enemy aliens there were living among the local population. Although not explicitly stated, the decision to release figures may be aimed at assuring Islanders that the threat they pose is very small. The report reveals that there are presently 43 enemy alien men in Jersey, of German, Austro-Hungarian and Turkish nationalities, and 13 women. It’s a total that has declined since the outbreak of war following a number of internments and voluntary repatriations.
Some of the men are members of the various Catholic orders that have institutions in the Island, and are therefore considered a very low risk.
Islanders are assured that all enemy aliens are under constant surveillance and that any suspicious behaviour will be investigated and acted upon if necessary.