Immigration Act Of 1952

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The concept of what makes an immigrant desirable has changed much over the years, from the times when immigrating to Canada was simply the relocation of British subjects within the empire, to todays global migration. Policies previously structured to attract white, european labourers have now become open to people from many facets of global life, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, orientation, gender, or race. There have been many different departments controlling immigration, and multiple laws passed to regulate it. One such law was the Immigration act of 1976. The Act was designed to replace the out of date Immigration Act of 1952, an act that had only so far been amended, and bring immigration policy up to modern views. Canada's Immigration…show more content…
(page 8 immigration act of 1952) The phrasing of the act allowed the prejudice of individuals within the immigration process to discriminate against individuals seeking to immigrate, and refuse them entry on characteristics such as ethnicity alone. The shift away from eurocentric immigration selection is clearly visible in the change in the trend trend of country of origin in immigrants. In 1865, the year before the implementation of the point system of immigration approximately 70% of immigrants came from a European country, while in 1979, the first full year that the the Immigration Act of 1972 was put into action, only 28% came from Europe. (stats from the dept) The introduction of the point system of immigration in 1967 removed the race or ethnicity based qualifications in immigration, and the removal or racial bias was further enforced in the Act of 1972. The new act set a policy of official non discrimination in the immigration policy stating that the act would “ensure ensure that any person who seeks admission to Canada on either a permanent or temporary basis is subject to standards of admission that do not discriminate on grounds of race, national or ethnic…show more content…
The green paper on immigration interest groups representing asians, refugees, as well a the general public were involved. The green paper was reviewed by a committee that conducted public investigation on the publics opinion on the paper and their recommendations were taken into account and incorporated into the Act of 1972, ensuring that the general public of canada had its views represented in the new

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