Post-War Immigrants in Canada

Post-War Immigrants in Canada

Post-War Immigrants in Canada

Post-War Immigrants in Canada

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This study of the absorption of post-war immigrants in Canada is based mainly upon two surveys. The first, conducted in Canada in February 1961, covered a representative cross-section of immigrants of all nationalities throughout Canada. The second, conducted in Britain in 1962-63, was concerned with British immigrants returning from Canada. The research was carried out approximately sixteen years after the first postwar immigrants entered the country. A few included in the surveys had been in Canada only a year, which is a very short period of time over which to consider the economic and soclial processes of absorption. The study ignores entirely one important aspect of any migratory movement, the effect upon children of immigrants and their relationship with the members of the receiving society. A continuous series of investigations over a long period of time will be required if the impact of post-war immigration upon Canadian society as a whole is to be understood fully. I hope this small contribution will stimulate interest and further research.

Contemporary sociological research of the survey type requires the cooperation of many people, not least the informants who spared the time to answer questions. I should like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to all those who have made these studies possible. I am indebted to the Director, Mr. W. I. Moore, and the staff of the Special Surveys Division of the Dominion Bureau of Statistics who arranged the selection of a sample in 1961 and the distribution of questionnaires throughout Canada. I should like to thank officials in the London and Newcastle offices of the Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance, England, who cooperated in the distribution of questionnaires in 1962-63 and recorded basic information concerning returning migrants, while preserving the anonymity of informants.

I am especially appreciative of the practical assistance and advice, at every stage of the research, of the former Director, Mr. Z. W. Sametz, and staff of the Economic and Social Research Division of the Department of Citizenship and Immigration who undertook coding, cardpunching, and some of the tabulation of data on my behalf, under the . . .

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