An argument for more immigration into Canada

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Niccolo and Donkey

The key points revolve around aging demographics, innovation, employment gaps, and economic competitiveness.

More immigrants are in Canada's national interest

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s announcement that he’s launching stakeholder consultations on Canada’s immigration program presents a timely opportunity for a national conversation. How will we adapt to a century of unprecedented mobility? Will we harness migration to build a more dynamic society and economy, or will we quietly recede from the frontiers of globalization, sacrificing innovation and prosperity for a more static society?

With new policies aimed at clamping down on human smugglers and enhancing U.S.-Canada border security, many perceive that Canada’s door is closing. This is false – so far. Canada accepted 17 per cent more migrants last year than in 2005. In a time of recession when other Western governments are imposing strict limits on migration, Canada admitted 50,000 more migrants in 2010 than in 2009.

Over the past 25 years, the total number of international migrants doubled to more than 200 million. We should expect that number to double again in the next two decades. The world is entering a period of hypermobility, the product of a growing supply of potential migrants from developing countries and a burgeoning demand for both low- and high-skilled workers in developed countries such as Canada. Skype, Western Union, low-cost airlines and other advances are enabling an unprecedented scale of movement.

The drivers of mobility will grow stronger in the coming decades for three reasons:

• Intercountry inequality is increasing rapidly. Millions of Europeans left for the Americas in the late 19th century to seek, among other things, wages that were two to four times higher than those at home. Today, migrants stand to earn as much as 15 times more by moving to another country to work.
• The connected processes of economic development, urbanization and population growth in developing countries are positioning more people to seek their fortunes abroad. Those with the greatest propensity to move are educated young people with access to resources and networks for migration. Climate change will also threaten rural livelihoods, pushing more people into cities and some across borders.
• Demand for migrants will increase as declining fertility and population aging create severe labour shortages, often in developed countries such as Canada. The fiscal burden of an aging population will be borne by a shrinking work force, and staff for nursing homes and retirement facilities will continue to be scarce. Just as Canadian farms rely on temporary foreign workers during harvest time, our elderly population will benefit from the care provided by new Canadians.

We should embrace higher levels of migration because it’s in our national interest. High-skilled migrants innovate at a higher rate than the native-born population, and low-skilled migrants meet crucial service sector gaps. On the whole, migrants contribute more to the public purse than they receive in benefits. It’s no wonder the provinces are seeking increased quotas.

We should also increase levels of migration because it can deliver far more for global prosperity than foreign aid and international trade ever will. Completely opening borders, World Bank economists predict, would produce gains as high as $39-trillion for the world economy over 25 years. These numbers compare with the $70-billion that is currently spent every year in overseas development assistance and the estimated gains of $100-billion from fully liberalizing international trade. If we want to revolutionize our foreign aid policy, we can start by giving more people a chance to work in Canada.

The debate on immigration policy is undermined in many countries by partisan agendas and dysfunctional politics. Other governments are tempted to choke off migration in the interest of short-term expediency and political gain. We must resist this trend, remembering that Canada is a society built with the ingenuity and hard work of generations of migrants.

Geoffrey Cameron, a research associate with the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford, works in Ottawa. Ian Goldin is director of the Oxford Martin School and a professorial fellow at Balliol College, Oxford. With Meera Balarajan, they are the authors of Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped Our World and Will Define Our Future .

Actually, they're giving less reason to migrate.

This is a load of bullshit and it lacks facts to even make it debatable. Canada has high unemployment. How does bringing in low-skilled workers who demand high wages (because they expect it, they're in Canada, duh) improve the economic situation?

This is lefty nonsense. But then again, the people who originally won the lands of Canada are now a minority within the country. So I suppose we can then say that immigration helps Canadians, Canadians being immigrants who are better off for being here.
Team Zissou

I swear I am going to ring up the Canadian embassy and get them to take every negro and aztec the US can unload.


The first bit of retarded struck me right away:

Putting more money into it won't make the lines shorter.
Niccolo and Donkey
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Why embracing immigrants works for Conservatives

click the link above to read the rest....

It used to be that recent immigrants would support the Liberals - I remember tons of Sikhs in the party in the '80s - but now many are moving towards the Conservatives.


The article misses the reason why. It's not because of immigrant MPs... having immigrant MPs is a result of immigration. The immigrants are leaning more conservative because most immigrants are against gay marriage, legalization of pot, and higher taxes.

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Multiculturalism is all fine and good when resources are aplenty and bellies are full, but what happens when in a crisis? What would happen if things got rough, resources got scarce and the economy tanked? Do they believe that immigrants with millennia old blood feuds are suddenly going to cooperate and not divide into ethnic lines? How well did multiculturalism workout for the Balkans after the fall of the USSR?

These people are fucking insane.

Niccolo and Donkey
If the economy tanks, it tanks. But Canada simply won't see blood feuds from overseas replicated over here for the simple fact that the conditons are entirely different. Tamils and Singhalese won't be fighting a war in Canada over who rules over Tamil-majority land in Sri Lanka. Serbs and Croatians won't be killing each other in Canada to decide where the border should be between the two of them...and so on.

These are all transplanted populations who once they are over here lack the conditions to import those long-running conflicts.

As for "balkanization" in Canada, the only fault line is that of Quebec with the rest. There are no other significant ethnic enclaves. Even francophone communities in Ontario and New Brunswick have never considered trying to attach themselves to an independent Quebec.