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Strangers at Our Gates

Canadian Immigration and Immigration Policy, 1540–2015

by (author) Valerie Knowles

Publisher
Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2016
Category
Social History, General, General
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781459732858
    Publish Date
    Mar 2016
    List Price
    $26.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781550026986
    Publish Date
    Mar 2007
    List Price
    $26.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781550022698
    Publish Date
    Apr 1997
    List Price
    $19.99
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781554882984
    Publish Date
    Apr 1997
    List Price
    $19.99
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781459712379
    Publish Date
    Mar 2007
    List Price
    $7.99

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In this new and revised edition, Knowles explores new materials relating to multiculturalism and immigration.

Immigrants and immigration have always been central to Canadians’ perception of themselves as a country and a society. In this crisply written history, Valerie Knowles describes the different kinds of immigrants who have settled in Canada, and the immigration policies that have helped define the character of Canadian immigrants over the centuries. Key policymakers and shapers of public opinion figure prominently in this colourful story, as does the role played by racism.

This new and revised edition features a chapter on the Conservative government’s handling of immigration between 2006 and 2014. Special attention is paid to the role played by the activist minister Jason Kenney and his attempts to develop a faster, more flexible immigration regime. The Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the Interim Federal Health Program are also discussed. The book’s final chapter, “Issues in the Twenty-First Century,” introduces new material relating to multiculturalism and outlines arguments supporting population growth, increased immigration, and decreased immigration.

About the author

Valerie Knowles is an Ottawa writer who has taught history and worked as an archivist. In addition to writing for newspapers, magazines, and federal government departments, she has published several non-fiction works, including Strangers at Our Gates: Canadian Immigration and Immigration Policy, 1540-1997. This is her third book for Dundurn Press.

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Editorial Reviews

Strangers at our Gates … deserves a wider audience and could serve as a useful starting point of research for all those who shape Canada’s immigration and refugee policies.

New Canadian Media

Ms. Knowles's unpretentious and accessible writing style makes the learning process easy. Read this book!

Canadian Immigration Historical Society Bulletin

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