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Ethnic Minorities in the Great Depression and during World War II

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University of Toronto St. George
Ian Radforth

Lecture 14: Ethnic Minorities in the Depression and during the Second World War Nov. 162010 Hard Times: the great depression 1929-39 low levels of immigration in the 1930s since Canada was hit very hard during the depression severe unemployment environmental disasters in the prairies that made farming troublesome and grain prices fell people who were thinking about moving and economic opportunities were not thinking about Canada During the WWII - low immigration - Much of Europe was occupied by the German army they were not free to leave - Travel was dangerous across the Atlantic because of U-Boat attacks transport was hard to arrange here Canadian government made policies that made it even more difficult for imm. to come here, - 1931, govt place a restriction that imm. had to have a certain capital to come here so they would invest here Even farmers were told not to comeunless they had a lot of money lol Most of the immigrants were women and children who were connecting with their loved one who were already here Migration out - #s went up bc of deportations mid 30s the number deported nearly matched the numbers coming in
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