Destination Canada: Immigration Debates and Issues

Paperback | September 19, 2002

byPeter Li

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Drawing on both empirical research and theoretical arguments, this book assesses the historical, social, demographic, and economic merits of Canada's immigration policies, arguing that scaling back Canada's immigration program jeopardizes its national and international interests.

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Drawing on both empirical research and theoretical arguments, this book assesses the historical, social, demographic, and economic merits of Canada's immigration policies, arguing that scaling back Canada's immigration program jeopardizes its national and international interests.

Peter Li is in the Department of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:September 19, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195413741

ISBN - 13:9780195413748

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List of Tables and FiguresPrefaceChapter 1. Questions of ImmigrationGlobalization and MigrationScope of the BookCanada as an Immigrant NationOld-timers and NewcomersThe Immigration QuestionConclusionChapter 2. Immigration and CanadaImmigration and Nation BuildingImmigration Policies in Historical PeriodsChanges in Post-War War II Canadian Immigration PolicyCanada's Business Immigration ProgramPostwar European Immigration to CanadaEmergence of 'Visible Minorites' in CanadaConclusionChapter 3. The Social Construction of ImmigrantsThe Amibiguity of the Term ImmigrantsThe Bureaucratic Definition of ImmigrantsThe Folk Version of ImmigrantsImmigrant as an Analytical ConceptExpectations about ImmigrantsThe Science of 'Benchmarking' ImmigrantsIdeological Biases in Benchmarking ImmigrantsConclusionChapter 4. Immigration and Canada's PopulationThe Nature of the DebateConflicting Assessments of ImmigrationImmigration and Population GrowthDemographic Trends in CanadaProjections of Population ChangePopulation Size and Absorptive CapacityConclusionChapter 5. Economic Benefit of ImmigrationObjectives of the Immigration ProgramDifficulties in Estimating Benefit of ImmigrationImmigration and Aggregate ProductivityImmigrants' Tax Contribution and Tax BurdenImmigrants' EarningsImmigrants' Costs and BenefitsImmigrants and Canada's Labour ForceConclusionChapter 6. Human Capital of ImmigrantsHuman Capital and Other Forms of CapitalHuman Capital as Immigrant Selection CriterionEarnings DisparitiesSocial InequalityDevaluation of Immigrants' Educational CredentialsGauging the Market Worth of Immigrants' CredentialsTypes of Degree Holders and Their Gross EarningsNet Market Worth of Immigrant Degree HoldersHuman Capital and EarningsConclusionChapter 7. Immigration and DiversityThe Demographic Reality of Ethnic DiversityCultural Diversity and Social CohesionMulticulturalism and ConformityLinguistic Diversity and Language LossCultural Diversity and GlobalizationConclusionChapter 8. Immigrants and the CityImmigration and the Growth of CitiesImmigrant EnclavesSchools and NeighbourhoodsAffluent Areas and Prosperous ImmigrantsConclusionChapter 9. Immigration and Canadian SocietyThe Immigration Question RevisitedThe Limits of Policy DevelopmentBiases in Public Discourse on ImmigrationRacialization of Immigrants in Academic ResearchSummary and ConclusionAppendixNotesReferencesAuthor IndexSubject IndexIndex

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"Rare is the book that elegantly engages a complex phenomenon yet is comprehensible to both the expert and novice. Peter Li's newest book Destination Canada: Immigration Debates and Issues is one of them. ... Destination Canada will prove an invaluable reference for academics, policy-makers, and community organizations working in the immigration field. ...clear, concise, and approachable even to the least educated readers. ...his insightful analysis of immigration and migration policy will ensure that this book takes its place among the most influential books on immigration to Canada. ...an essential primer."--Journal of International Migration and Integration