Monday, 15 March 2010

Martin Collacott: Immigrants want less immigration.

Another piece by Martin Collacott recently appeared in the National Post. You can read it in full here. The following is a sampling.

It is widely believed that most immigrants support high immigration levels. Political parties in particular buy into this assumption, assuming that bringing in large numbers of newcomers will increase their support among ethnic voters. Research in the United States, however, suggests that this is a mistaken premise and that immigrants think immigration levels should be lowered.

A recent poll commissioned by the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, D.C., found that 56% of Asian-American voters surveyed thought immigration levels in the United States were too high, 7% thought they were too low and 14% just right. Among Hispanic voters, the results were not that different, i.e. 57%, 5% and 18% respectively.

There is no shortage of data, moreover, showing that immigrants who arrived in recent decades have been much less successful economically than those who came before 1980[...]we are bringing in far more people than we need and can successfully integrate into the economy. This is particularly the case during a recession -- as was demonstrated during the economic downturn in the early 1990s[...]those who claim to represent newcomers often have agendas of their own that differ significantly from the interests of those whom they are supposedly serving. Most notable are organizations that purport to represent ethnic communities but that don't reflect the concerns of the latter[...]Surveys show far more Canadians want immigration levels lowered rather than increased. This is particularly the case in large cities such as Toronto...

One of my tag lines for this blog once stated that mass immigration hurts immigrants too. This should be self evident.

It is well documented that far too many immigrants have found themselves working in jobs unrelated to their expertise often in a state of underemployment once they arrive in Canada. And they end up staying there. Now, it may be true that some immigrants have found work suitable to their skill sets but for many this is not the case. An immigrant engineer from India who is unable to find work upon arrival is in danger of losing his acquired skills by languishing in a job where his knowledge is not utilized. Making his employment situation worse is that not only will he be competing for jobs with those graduating from Canadian universities he will also be competing with engineers imported into the country from India. And that's year after year and the longer he stays out of his profession the less likely will he will find employment. Yes, mass immigration hurts immigrants too.

For many immigrants immigrating to Canada has been career suicide but instead of addressing the problem of too much immigration they chose instead to lay blame with systemic discrimination. Perhaps if they spoke up and together made immigration an election issue perhaps Canada's governing political parties will listen. Heck, they don't listen to Canadians concerning the issue. If they did then maybe you wouldn't be driving a cab right now.

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