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Liberalization and Canadian immigration policy

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University of Toronto St. George
Ian Radforth

Lecture 17: the liberalization of Canadian Immigration Policies 1960s and beyond Two issues: 1.) Matching Immigration and labour needs sponsorship: too many unskilled workers, too few skilled 1960s over-supply of unskilled workers under-supply of skilled workes people with experience in the skilled trades o REASONING sponsorship practices of Canadians Landed imm. and Canadian citizens could sponser new comers sponsors had to take care of them if they couldnt find a job Immediate imm.igrants - Immediately started sponsoring their relatives huge rush of imm. coming from sponsorships 1958,59 short recession growing unemployment particularly of newly arrived unskilled workers. Attempt at restricting sponsorship, MARCH 1959 - limits how many imm. someone could sponsor lots of hostility APRIL 1959 Diefenbaker govt retracted the new restriction Diefenbaker became highly unpopular in imm. circles Conservatives had a difficlt time for decades of getting support from imm. 2.) Racial bias in immigration policy a. external pressures outsider trading partners Africa, Asia etc. if you want to trade with us, you have to get rid of the racial bias in your immigration policy b. Pressure in Ottawa British empire taking in imm. from former commonwealth India, Pakistan etc. Great Britian wanted Canada as a Commmonwealth partner to take on some of the imm.
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