Canadian Immigration Policy

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Canada accepts 250,000 immigrants every year, coming from more than 200 countries and also has the highest per capita immigration in the world three times higher than The United States, which makes Canada one of the most multicultural countries in the world. Immigration is a process where people come to a foreign country to settle permanently. Changes in immigration policy have always been an essential part in shaping the Canadian history and the present. These changes in immigration policies resulted in the anti-racism, creation of the Federal department of citizenship and immigration and the post-war economic boom. Anti-Racism is the fight against discrimination (done on the basis of color or creed). Elimination of racial discrimination…show more content…
The new regulation stated, “Henceforth any unsponsored immigrant who has the requisite education, skill, or other qualification will be considered suitable for admission, irrespective of color, race, or nationality”. When the new regulation was implemented on 1 February 1962, Canada became the first of three large receiving countries in international migration. Initially, the new regulation was foreshadowed by John Diefenbaker’s cherished Canadian bill of rights (1960), which rejected discrimination by reason of race, color, national origin or religion. The federal government could no longer justify selecting immigrants on the basis of race. But later on, David Corbett, noted Canadian immigration expert, congratulated Ellen Fairclough for placing “immigration policy in its proper context as part of foreign policy” and…show more content…
This period is marked by the admission of a more diverse groups of immigrants, and by a relative absence of controversy over immigration issues – a notable difference from policies in preceding periods. Canada's gross national product rose from $5.7 billion in 1939 to $36 billion in 1962 (The Making of the Mosaic 316). Due to the economic boom, the demand for skilled and unskilled workers increased leading to increasing the amount of immigrants entering Canada.This led to the 1978 Immigration Act which subsequently identified objectives for the immigration program and forced the government to plan for the future, in consultation with the provinces. Immigrants were divided into four categories: independents, family, assisted relatives and humanitarian. The Refugee Status Advisory Committee was created. Deputy Minister Allan Gotlieb described the legislation as "a beautiful piece of work - logical, well-constructed, liberal, and workable"( 2). The accompanying Immigration Regulations revised the points system and created the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program. this allowed. In 1991, the Economic council of Canada published its major study on the economic and social impacts of immigration, it examined that immigration has small but positive benefit for the host community(the making of the mosaic

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