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Canadians most positive toward immigrants?


 

This is interesting. A new survey by Transatlantic Trends (German Mashall Fund) suggests that Canadians have the most positive attitudes toward their country’s immigration policy than Europeans and Americans.

“According to the third-annual Transatlantic Trends: Immigration survey of public opinion in North America and Europe, majorities in the United States (73%), the U.K. (70%), Spain (61%), France (58%), and the Netherlands (54%) believed that their government was doing a poor job in managing immigration. Only Canadians were split, with 48% feeling positive and 43% responding negatively about their government’s handling of immigration. In the United States (67%) and U.K. (63%), respondents also said immigration policy would affect their vote.”


 
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Canadians most positive toward immigrants?

  1. firsties!!

  2. firsties!!

  3. A nation of immigrants always welcomes immigrants.

    Good thing, too….because it won't be long before we can't stop the flow.

    We're just beginning to see it.

  4. I also found this result to be welcome :"OVERALL PERCEPTIONS OF IMMIGRANTS REMAIN STABLE
    Despite economic recession and various national debates about immigration, the proportions of respondents saying that immigration is either a problem or an opportunity have remained steady since 2009. The U.K. (65%), Spain (53%), and the United States (52%) are the only countries with majorities saying immigration is "more of a problem" than an opportunity. Canada had the lowest number (27%) agreeing with this statement. "

  5. A nation of immigrants always welcomes immigrants.

    Good thing, too….because it won't be long before we can't stop the flow.

    We're just beginning to see it.

  6. I also found this result to be welcome :"OVERALL PERCEPTIONS OF IMMIGRANTS REMAIN STABLE
    Despite economic recession and various national debates about immigration, the proportions of respondents saying that immigration is either a problem or an opportunity have remained steady since 2009. The U.K. (65%), Spain (53%), and the United States (52%) are the only countries with majorities saying immigration is "more of a problem" than an opportunity. Canada had the lowest number (27%) agreeing with this statement. "

  7. I wonder if Canada having a higher rate of social mobility and a lower disparity between the rich and poor (and lower poverty rates) than most other countries are factors.

    As social mobility decreases and income disparity increases, perhaps some correlation will be seen.

  8. I wonder if Canada having a higher rate of social mobility and a lower disparity between the rich and poor (and lower poverty rates) than most other countries are factors.

    As social mobility decreases and income disparity increases, perhaps some correlation will be seen.

  9. The exposure of the ignorance behind some people's assumptions about immigration are interesting as well.

    For example, while apparently high numbers of Americans say that there are generally too many immigrants in the U.S., they also apparently think that the foreign-born population represents about 39% of the country. When told the real percentage of foreign-born people in the U.S. (14%) the number of people thinking there are too many immigrants drops 20%. That's a pretty big chunk of people complaining about there being too many immigrants solely on the basis of having NO UNDERSTANDING OF HOW MANY IMMIGRANTS THERE ACTUALLY ARE.

  10. The exposure of the ignorance behind some people's assumptions about immigration are interesting as well.

    For example, while apparently high numbers of Americans say that there are generally too many immigrants in the U.S., they also apparently think that the foreign-born population represents about 39% of the country. When told the real percentage of foreign-born people in the U.S. (14%) the number of people thinking there are too many immigrants drops 20%. That's a pretty big chunk of people complaining about there being too many immigrants solely on the basis of having NO UNDERSTANDING OF HOW MANY IMMIGRANTS THERE ACTUALLY ARE.

  11. Luiza, you might want to re-read your first sentence there…the grammar is kind of painful. Just letting you know.

    I'd be quite curious to know more about the makeup of that 43% who think the gov't is not handling immigration well.

  12. Luiza, you might want to re-read your first sentence there…the grammar is kind of painful. Just letting you know.

    I'd be quite curious to know more about the makeup of that 43% who think the gov't is not handling immigration well.

  13. How many ILLEGAL immigrants are currently populating the USA? How many thousand more wandered in in 2010? How can there be a SINGLE US citizen satisfied with his or her government's immigration policy?

  14. How many ILLEGAL immigrants are currently populating the USA? How many thousand more wandered in in 2010? How can there be a SINGLE US citizen satisfied with his or her government's immigration policy?

    • How can there be a SINGLE US citizen satisfied with his or her government's immigration policy?

      Policy versus implementation? Perhaps people are satisfied with the policies, but upset over the ineptitude of their application?

      • See Arizona. Federal policy appears to be to stifle anyone who might dare to implement federal policy.

    • How many ILLEGAL immigrants are currently populating the USA?

      Based upon the poll answers regarding the percentage of foreign-born people in the States (average assumption of those polled – 39%, actual number in reality – 14%), while I don't know the actual number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. today off the top of my head, I'd venture an educated guess that the number is less than half of what the typical American thinks it is.

  15. How can there be a SINGLE US citizen satisfied with his or her government's immigration policy?

    Policy versus implementation? Perhaps people are satisfied with the policies, but upset over the ineptitude of their application?

  16. How many ILLEGAL immigrants are currently populating the USA?

    Based upon the poll answers regarding the percentage of foreign-born people in the States (average assumption of those polled – 39%, actual number in reality – 14%), while I don't know the actual number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. today off the top of my head, I'd venture an educated guess that the number is less than half of what the typical American thinks it is.

  17. See Arizona. Federal policy appears to be to stifle anyone who might dare to implement federal policy.

  18. I think this article has better detail, although it doesn't expand too much on the views of Canadians:
    http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,204

    At the end of the day, Europe (like Asia) are a country of native populations. Canada is a country of foreign/immigration populations.

  19. I think this article has better detail, although it doesn't expand too much on the views of Canadians:
    http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,204

    At the end of the day, Europe (like Asia) are a country of native populations. Canada is a country of foreign/immigration populations.

  20. 3 things:
    1. We need to toughen our SOP's (Standard Operating Procedures) for screening applicants and not allowing queue jumpers 2. Other than 'true' refugees we should only allow people that bring skills or that will create new jobs
    3. Disallow radicals – before it's too late….

  21. 3 things:
    1. We need to toughen our SOP's (Standard Operating Procedures) for screening applicants and not allowing queue jumpers 2. Other than 'true' refugees we should only allow people that bring skills or that will create new jobs
    3. Disallow radicals – before it's too late….

  22. I think the Canadian figures are a result of the average Canuck not knowing anything about Canada's immigration policy. Furthermore, the notion that skilled immigrants are welcome in Canada is a myth – simply do a little probing into the various Professional Organizations across Canada and see how they impede the progress of skilled immigrants in the job market.

  23. I think the Canadian figures are a result of the average Canuck not knowing anything about Canada's immigration policy. Furthermore, the notion that skilled immigrants are welcome in Canada is a myth – simply do a little probing into the various Professional Organizations across Canada and see how they impede the progress of skilled immigrants in the job market.

  24. Immigrants are a positive factor in the Canadian economy. You do not see them begging for "spare change" , but rather take "minimum wage" jobs & rent basement apartments ( at the beginning anyway ). The government should do a better job assimilating all newcomers & recognizing at least some foreign credentials.

  25. Immigrants are a positive factor in the Canadian economy. You do not see them begging for "spare change" , but rather take "minimum wage" jobs & rent basement apartments ( at the beginning anyway ). The government should do a better job assimilating all newcomers & recognizing at least some foreign credentials.

    • Pete, what do you mean "recognizing at least some foreign credentials"? When you apply for immigration into Canada, CIC awards points for qualifications. Why allow anybody to earn points for a qualification that is subsequently not recognized in Canada by the Professional Societies? That's being dishonest and that's the reason you have M.D.'s and engineers driving taxis in Canada. Follow the Australian model: when a candidate applies for immigration into Australia, the first step is to have his/her credentials evaluated by Australian government-run credential vetting agencies. If they regard it as being equivalent to an Australian qualification, the candidate can proceed with the applicant. If it is not deemed equivalent to an Australian qualification, the application is not allowed to proceed. That way all foreign credentials are recognized and there is no reason for an immigrant having to settle for a minimum wage job. Much better for the economy and the country.

  26. Pete, what do you mean "recognizing at least some foreign credentials"? When you apply for immigration into Canada, CIC awards points for qualifications. Why allow anybody to earn points for a qualification that is subsequently not recognized in Canada by the Professional Societies? That's being dishonest and that's the reason you have M.D.'s and engineers driving taxis in Canada. Follow the Australian model: when a candidate applies for immigration into Australia, the first step is to have his/her credentials evaluated by Australian government-run credential vetting agencies. If they regard it as being equivalent to an Australian qualification, the candidate can proceed with the applicant. If it is not deemed equivalent to an Australian qualification, the application is not allowed to proceed. That way all foreign credentials are recognized and there is no reason for an immigrant having to settle for a minimum wage job. Much better for the economy and the country.

  27. That's exactly what I mean ! While M.D. standards will be different in Karachi from Dublin , Canadian Government chooses not to recognize any of them. The best example is my own Mother , who was highly specialized nurse in EU. Her credentials were recognized from Rome to Helsinki & Dublin to Warsaw across the continent , but not by the Government of Ontario , and she ended up looking after pensioners in Old Age homes , where she would've been better utilized doing ECG for them , rather than changing diapers.

  28. That's exactly what I mean ! While M.D. standards will be different in Karachi from Dublin , Canadian Government chooses not to recognize any of them. The best example is my own Mother , who was highly specialized nurse in EU. Her credentials were recognized from Rome to Helsinki & Dublin to Warsaw across the continent , but not by the Government of Ontario , and she ended up looking after pensioners in Old Age homes , where she would've been better utilized doing ECG for them , rather than changing diapers.

  29. Quality of life does not improve with localized over crowding in the big cities. I assume the plan is to grow until we are the same as everywhere else and no one wants to come here anymore.

  30. Quality of life does not improve with localized over crowding in the big cities. I assume the plan is to grow until we are the same as everywhere else and no one wants to come here anymore.

  31. It's my impression that immigrants used to come to Canada to start a new life for themselves, in spite of the difficulties Canada imposes on professionals; however, it now seems that many immigrants just want to come here so they can rant about their homeland and carry on their secular disagreements in a safer environment.
    I also understand that Canada is supposed to be revamping its immigration policies to reflect the reality of today's world. Let's hope it's not the usual "Too little, too late" that we've come to expect from the Canadian government.

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