Strangers at Our Gates: Canadian Immigration and Immigration Policy, 1540-2006
Royle, Stephen A., British Journal of Canadian Studies
Valerie Knowles, Strangers at our Gates: Canadian Immigration and Immigration Policy, 1540-2006, 3rd revised edition (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2007), 310pp. Paper. £14.99. ISBN 9781550026986.
This is the third edition of this book, its long life indicating the need for such a volume and the success of the various editions in meeting this need. It starts with a quote from William Scott, superintendent of immigration in the early twentieth century: 'More important than the drilling of armies; more important than the construction of navies, more important than the fiscal policy of this country is who shall come to Canada and be part and parcel of the Canadian people' (p. 9). The mission building from this thought is 'to describe briefly the different kinds of immigrants who have settled in this country over the centuries and the immigration policies that have helped to define the character of immigration in various periods' (p. 9). The author's emphasis is well made, for, given the scope, this has to be brief description based on secondary sources. If anything the project remains over-ambitious (there could be one volume on the history of migration and another on current debates), but considering the range of material, Knowles has carried out an excellent job, especially on the recent situation.
Strangers at our Gates presents the basic strands of Canada's migration set in historical and policy context. Within each chapter there are short, headed passages with, on occasion, text boxes, line drawings and photographs adding interest. Take Chapter 3, 'British Immigration Transforms the Colonies', as an example. The headings are 'Factors underlying British …
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Publication information: Article title: Strangers at Our Gates: Canadian Immigration and Immigration Policy, 1540-2006. Contributors: Royle, Stephen A. - Author. Journal title: British Journal of Canadian Studies. Volume: 22. Issue: 2 Publication date: September 2009. Page number: 265. © Not available. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.