Saturday, 12 April 2008

Mass immigration is creating poverty: the Muslim example.

Canada's immigration system is immigration for immigration's sake and because of it we are creating ghettos of poverty in Canada's major cities - poverty that wouldn't exist were it not for immigration - that are increasingly becoming characterized by race, ethnicity, and religion. One example is the Muslim community showcased in this Toronto Star.

For Muslim poor, a shameful admission

Apr 12, 2008 04:30 AM
Noor Javed
Staff Reporter

The exact number of Muslims in Toronto who live below Statistics Canada's low-income cut-off, the country's unofficial poverty line, is difficult to determine, as socio-economic data is rarely gathered through the lens of religion.


"Already we can see the formation of ghettos in some parts of the city," said Shakir, referring to neighbourhoods where overt race-based poverty is glaringly obvious, and where halal meat stores are in abundance.

The scant data available paints a troubling picture of a growing community of nearly 300,000 Muslims, which includes a mix of refugees, recent immigrants, and those who settled in Canada decades ago.

The four poorest of all ethno-racial groups, with more than 50 per cent of their members living below Statistics Canada's low-income cut-off, were Somalis, Afghans, Ethiopians and Bangladeshi populations – all from predominately Muslim countries. At least 30 per cent of Pakistanis and West Asians also qualified as poor, according to a study done by the Institute for Social Research at York University in 2006, which looked at the demographic and social profiles of ethno-racial groups in the city.


In 13 neighbourhoods deemed "at-risk" in Toronto by United Way, more than half have significant Muslim populations, including Flemingdon Park, Regent Park, Etobicoke North and Jane-Finch. "Every year, we see more and more poor people coming to the mosque for help," said Omar Farouk, president of the International Muslims Organization, based in Etobicoke, which has opened a food bank and distributes food to shelters once a month. More than 200 people regularly access the food bank.


"It's not about settlement; it's about systemic barriers in the system. We are receiving well-educated people. They are ... engineers and doctors, but they are still doing dishes, or driving cabs."

But many don't even get those menial jobs. In a 2005 Canadian Labour Congress study on Racial Status and Employment Incomes, Arab and West-Asian visible minorities had the highest overall unemployment rate at 14 per cent.There are internal barriers within the community too. There is an obvious divide between the haves and have-nots, the second-generation Muslims and the new arrivals who have little interaction with each other outside of "Friday prayers at the mosque."

Note how the immigration system needs to be protected at all costs even though the immigration system is the root of the problem. We are told, as is usual, that the problem is systemic in some fashion particularly when it comes to employment. But if there is a looming skilled labour shortage, and considering the competitive nature of the business community, then why are businesses comfortable with making a pass at immigrant engineers? It is the usual "Canada has failed these immigrants" angle when in reality it is the immigration system that has failed these immigrants and Canadians, a reality we would see if we just took our heads out of the desert sand that is Toronto, Vancouver, the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, the CBC, etc.

Much of this poverty can be explained if we allow ourselves to consider the possibility that perhaps Canada is importing too many immigrants. The reason why immigrant engineers are driving cabs or doing dishes instead of working in their field of expertise is that Canadian businesses didn't need them in the first place. Also, too many economic migrants posing as refugees are entering the country as well. No relevant job skills or language skills are needed to enter Canada via the refugee stream. The family reunification stream is also a problem for the same reasons.

These growing pockets of poverty could have been avoided, or at least curtailed, if Canada had a constructive immigration system. But since we don't Canada is creating unnecessary and avoidable poverty levels that are increasingly taking on an ethnic, racial, and religious character. Since this is the case it is too easy to blame "systemic discrimination" or "racism" as the reason when in fact a mass immigration system directed more so by ideological commitment and political opportunism than by economic need is the cause. We should never lose sight of the fact that Canada's immigration system exists to serve the needs of Canada and Canadians and not non citizens living in foreign nations yet this seems to be the case now that Canada's immigration has become more of a charity than a policy.

Growing pockets of Muslim poverty warrants special concern. Muslims and poverty is a potent mix because of radical Islam. The concern is heightened when one considers the "victim status" Muslims have given themselves. If you are wondering where I am going with this then think Paris, 2005.

See also:
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty supports the mass importaion of unskilled immigrants.
New immigrants need good jobs. Too bad there are no good jobs for new immigrants.
Immigrants take jobs Canadians won't do AT THAT PAY!
If Canadian businesses are desperate for skilled workers then why do they need to be enticed with


Placa de VĂ­deo said...
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Andrew White said...

"In the case of the legendary "doctor" driving a taxi, Canadians would be shocked to learn of some findings of Ontario medical schools entrusted with examining the qualifications of immigrants applying for M.D. certification in Ontario in 2004.

Although a small umber of applicants did well on both written and clinical exams, the results for most were not flattering. The findings point to the problem of undermining Canadian professional standards in order to pander to immigrant doctors and other immigrant voters.

For those who may not have seen the reports, here are some important observations by Ontario medical schools in 2005:

(1) About half of 1088 immigrants applying for MD certification in 2004 in Ontario did not pass the first (and basic) step in their bid to achieve MD status in Canada. This involved passing a written exam to determine their knowledge of medicine. A second step, involving clinical ability, resulted in even further failures. (Applicants also had to demonstrate proficiency in English and produce proof that they had a medical degree.)

(2) The quotas set by the Ontario government for about 200 International Medical Graduates per year were high and unrealistic and were placing pressure upon examiners to pass unqualified people. In 2004, only 165 out of the 1,088 original applicants (15%) got the spots, and only 14 were fast-tracked.

(3) Some examiners felt that they were being intimidated and that they could not object to the process. One examiner commented: "This is the underbelly of this politically correct movement. God forbid you express any clinical and scientific criteria to the process. These people will be passed through on the wave of political expediency. The government is playing a shell game with this and is likely to create a public health fiasco."

Anonymous said...

Everyone is living this way now in canada. I am educated and white and here 400 years and I have been in over 25 jobs since age 15. I have not found any work for 2.5 years. I have a friend in toronto who has to drive a cab because he is a trained chef and cannot find work due to tfws taking all the jobs for lower pay. Before this he was trained and educated in pharmaceutical technology but all those jobs moves to china and india. I am trained in medical transcription, all that is now automated by technology or moved to india. There are very few jobs in canada now for all people.