Canadians See Immigration as an Opportunity than as a Problem

Little over half of the people in Canada support existing immigration levels, according to the report, titled “Pro-immigration Canada: Social and Economic Roots of Popular Views” released released by Montreal’s Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP). Thus, Canada consistently remains a place that welcomes the newcomers. Surprisingly, immigrants themselves are most likely not in favour of ongoing high levels of immigrations in Canada.

During last two decades, Canada has been accepting about a quarter of a million permanent residents every year. However, the number increased to 280,000 in the year 2010.

“This support has been consistently high over the past 15 to 20 years when immigration levels have also been high,” states a release issued by the IRPP. “It is particularly strong among more educated Canadians, the young, the fully employed and men.”

Atlantic Canada, Quebec and the Prairies outshone the rest of Canada, with more than 62 per cent support.

Both Ontario and British Columbia showed lower than average levels of support, but people in those provinces’ most immigrant-rich cities, Toronto and Vancouver, showed enthusiasm for immigration that was above average. Between one third and one half of the country’s newcomers settle in Toronto.

The study has analyzed trends in public attitudes in conjunction with the data from an Environics survey conducted in November 2010, which asked Canadians questions how much immigration they are comfortable with, and to explain the conditions under which immigrants are most likely to succeed.

It found Canadians visualize newcomers as beneficial country’s economic growth as well cultural advantage. It is an indication that Canadian consider multiculturalism as one of the country’s main sources of national pride.

The study further found that few residents see immigration as one of Canada’s most significant problems. In fact the the data collected during the survey demonstrate that support for multiculturalism is rooted in a broader, socially progressive agenda that includes issues such as gay rights and gun control, which themselves reinforce pro-immigration attitudes. However, many Canadians expect the immigrants to blend into their newly adapted society rather than trying to form isolated small ethnic communities.

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