Canadian Immigration – Normative Views and an Unwanted Reality Introduction Preparing this paper has been intriguing as a response to Alan Simmons’ first chapter in Immigration & Canada – Global & Transnational Perspectives. (2010) A well written introduction discusses Canadian immigration as a systemic process that has often featured a utopian ethos of liberal principles by which the often poor immigrant benefits from what Canadian resettlement provides. (Simmons:2010:4) Through the course of Canada’s immigration history, attitudes towards the newcomer have waxed and waned, along with the expectations of immigrants. Simmons accurately describes Canada as a country in which few citizens, immigrants included, have high work or...The end:
.....e, collide with the very mention of compulsory finger-printing or closer monitoring of arrivals whose applications and documents may reveal, in thousands of cases, questionable details, indeed, if scrutinized. Canada has the West’s most liberal immigration laws, and refugee entry, as promises a continuing stream of arrivals, and a smaller but important sub-stream of illegal arrivals. References Godfrey, T. (2010). “Elite unit hunts immigration offenders.” The Toronto Sun. October 3. Raymont, P. & L. Tracey. (2002). The Undefended Border – Immigration Task Force. Toronto, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 60 mins. Simmons, A.B. (2010). Immigration & Canada – Global & Transnational Perspectives. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.