Here are some highlights.
It may surprise Canadians to learn that, in fact, Canada has no comprehensive immigration policy. Instead, we have a patchwork of policies that have been developed in isolation from one another, each intended to addresses a specific issue, but none of which were designed to be part of a coherent whole. As a result, despite the many rules and procedures governing immigration and the existence of a large bureaucracy to enforce those rules and procedures, Canada has lost control over immigration.
Each year the number of immigrants that we admit under various categories
equals a little less than 1% of Canada’s total population. This is a staggeringly
high number. To illustrate just how high, consider that the United States admits
a number equaling about 0.4% of its total population annually while Australia
admits a slightly higher percentage at 0 .44%.
As a point of interest, Australia is the only industrialized country that has a foreign born population higher than Canada's. Where Australia has a foreign born population of 22%, Canada has a foreign born population close to 20% but it is only a matter of time before Canada has the largest foreign born population in the whole of the industrialized world, that is if we continue with the current immigration system.
‘Ghetto-ization’ of immigrant communities is hardly a new phenomenon. Earlier generations of immigrants also tended to congregate with one another in the same neighbourhood. What is different today is that some newcomers can and do actually transplant their home countries here in Canada. Children are being effectively cut-off from broader Canadian society, making the medium and perhaps even the long term prospect of successful integration much less certain. Strategies to encourage integration and assist in the process have not kept up with these changes.
The percentage of migrants who come to Canada because of their education, training or occupation is only approximately 25%. The rest are either relatives of these or previous immigrants, or they are refugees or other humanitarian cases. These latter immigrants do not have to meet any selection criteria other than to comply with health and criminal/security standards. Many are parents and grandparents of successful applicants.
This is the major reason immigrants over the past twenty years, and to this day, continue to do poorly than post war cohorts. They do not meet Canada's needs and got into the country only because a relative sponsored them or they entered as a refugee. Also, due to the sponsoring of aged relatives, this is why the average age of immigrants has been increasing over the years and why immigration is actually adding to Canada's aging population instead of alleviating it. This is also why immigration threatens the solvency of Canada's cherished public health care system.
Canada is the only country that allows any person who arrives to claim asylum, including not only those who are traveling through safe countries, but actual residents, and even citizens, of safe countries such as the United States, Germany or England. This practice undermines efforts on the part of the United Nations and other international bodies to provide assistance to legitimate refugees. It encourages aspiring immigrants to bypass the system and facilitates the activities of criminal gangs engaged in human trafficking.
It is widely believed that Canada needs more immigrants to counterbalance our aging problem, that a larger population through immigration will guarantee economic prosperity, or that we face dire labour force shortages that must be met by more immigration. The fact is that none of these statements can be backed up by evidence. No credible demographer believes the aging issue can be solved through immigration. In fact, as noted above, current immigration practices may be compounding the problems associated with an aging population. Economists may argue among themselves whether or not immigration is good or bad for the economy, but none argue that its impact either way is significant. On the question of addressing Canada’s labour needs, no serious study has ever concluded that increased immigration of selected skilled workers is the best way of resolving labour shortages.
I recommend you download the pdf and save it for future reference. I am glad people like James Bissett are doing what they do becuase the myths that are continuously circulated ad nauseum actually hold no water under scrutiny and need to be exposed.