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Ana Tamas

Restructuring our immigration policies to reflect Canada’s interests

It seems that one of the taboos of our society is instigating a critical discussion of our current immigration policy, running the risk of being attacked as a racist and “un-Canadian” if one says that Canada should accept less refugees, unskilled applicants or family-sponsored immigrants. Indeed, immigration has been a core component of the Canadian ethos since its inception, not merely providing the essential stalwart workforce for the development of settlements and industries, but it is also affirmative of our liberal and world-renowned tolerant values. However, Canada’s current dangerously lax and corrupt immigration practices have become a deplorable tool for political patronage, with an insidious effect on our economy, liberties and the general welfare of the Canadian society.  For Canada’s newcomers, the opportunity to move and live in Canada is –and should be- one of the greatest chances of their lives. Barring an oppressive climate; the prospect of professional and financial self-fulfillments, freedoms of religion and expression and an affable native culture is nothing short of a God-given manna for its exploited and poverty-stricken immigrants. In return, they are to integrate and become Canadian by learning/bettering their knowledge of English or French, uphold Canada’s laws, find employment and contribute to the overall productivity and advancement of the Canadian society and economy. Therefore, it is trumpeted that Canada has so much to gain from immigration- an “ambitious” workforce to replenish the so-called fatally declining birth rates, a multicultural mosaic of a society that enthusiastically reconciles its “peaceful” traditions with the Canadian laws, and an international reputation for being so tolerant and politically correct- that it seems Canada should actually be thankful for all of its immigrants.If this were the case, then it makes sense to call someone a racist and bigot who opposes unbridled immigration from countries like Afghanistan, whose culture… Read More