Posts Tagged ‘immigration

VIDEO: Jason Kenney on immigration fraud and Ezra’s book on Omar Khadr

- February 23rd, 2012

COLUMN: Mansur – A policy of talking openly about immigration

- February 11th, 2012

Let’s break silence and talk immigration

by Salim Mansur

The release this week of Census 2011 provides Canadians with a broad picture of the country’s population at 33.5 million, and its urban makeup.

Between 2006 and 2011, the rate of Canada’s population growth at 5.9% was the highest among G8 countries. The engine for this growth, according to Statistics Canada, remains immigrants, together with non-permanent residents, seasonal workers, foreign students and asylum seekers.

Immigration is the big issue — the proverbial elephant in the room — that needs wide and open discussion in Parliament and during federal elections, and yet it is scrupulously avoided.

The most detailed historical study on immigration was prepared by Freda Hawkins and first published in 1972. She wrote, “Canada has had no settled view of immigration. No common convictions about it exist among Canadians.” Read more…

COLUMN: Masur – Immigration and the changing faces of the nation

- February 4th, 2012

Immigration in the face of globalization

by Salim Mansur

In 1958, John F. Kennedy, then a U.S. senator, published a small book aptly titled A Nation of Immigrants. The world was much different then, as new states in Asia and Africa emerged, while European colonialism retreated.
The West was in the midst of a post-war economic recovery, and there was demand for low-wage workers in a growing economy.
Kennedy’s book made the case for ending quotas on immigration based on national origins. His argument was also in keeping with the Cold War politics, of denying Soviet Union influence among the newly emerging countries at the expense of the U.S. depicted as a racist society.
Two years after President Kennedy’s assassination, his successor, Lyndon B. Johnson, signed into law the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. The U.S., as Kennedy had called for, adopted an open immigration policy and Canada followed soon after. Read more…

COLUMN: Mansur – Immigration is dividing Canada

- January 21st, 2012

Pro-immigration rallying cry: Let them in

by Salim Mansur

Behind numbers lies politics when it comes to the subject of immigration in recent years.

As I indicated in my previous column, the trend line of immigrants arriving in Canada slopes upward. What this means is simple: The numbers of new arrivals into the country bears little relationship to how the economy is performing.

The obvious question then is, on what basis does the federal government — irrespective of which party, Conservative or Liberal, is in power — decide to keep the immigration tap open, disregarding the cyclical nature of an open economy? Read more…

COLUMN: Mansur – Immigration, the issue that dare not speak its name

- January 14th, 2012

Immigration trends — by the numbers

by Salim Mansur

The headline on my column last week read, “Immigration isn’t just about numbers.”

But numbers indeed tell the story of how the trend line for immigrants arriving in Canada over the past 25 years slopes upward. In 2010, some 280,681 immigrants — or new arrivals as permanent residents, in the language of the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Canada — entered the country. The figure for 1986 was 99,354.

The total number of immigrants arriving in this period (1986-2010) was more than 5.5 million, or an average of some 220,000 annually. During these years the total population grew from about 26 million in 1986 to 34 million in 2010.

To put the above numbers in perspective — all figures provided here come from government sources — Canada accepted some 4.4 million immigrants in the three decades between 1951 and 1981 at an average of about 146,000 annually. In 1951, Canada’s population was slightly above 14 million, and in 1981 the figure was close to 25 million.

The number for immigrants in 2010 was the highest for a single year during the past 60 years.

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