Juliana Helene Cliplef, “Is the Direction of Canadian Immigration Policy in Keeping with our Commitment to Multiculturalism?”

This paper surveys recent changes in Canada’s immigration policy: the expansion of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program, the introduction of more rigid language requirements in the economic immigration stream, and changes made to our asylum system by Bill C-31, Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act. The effect of these changes on the rights and benefits of newcomers is evaluated, considering Canada’s long term interests, commitment to multiculturalism, and human rights. In light of recent restrictions, I argue human rights considerations should figure more prominently into immigration, citizenship, and multiculturalism policy.

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