Across Cultures

Canada: A welcoming land?

About this theme

This theme explores the history of immigration to Canada and the policies that shaped the country.

SELECTED READINGS ON CANADA'S HISTORICAL IMMIGRATION POLICIES

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Avery, Donald. Reluctant Host: Canada's Response to Immigrant Workers, 1896-1994. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1995.

Cran, Gregory. Negotiating Buck Naked: Doukhobors, Public Policy, and Conflict Resolution. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2006.

Iacovetta, Franca. Gatekeepers: Reshaping Immigrant Lives in Cold War Canada. Toronto: Between the Lines, 2006.

Iacovetta, Franca, Roberto Perin, and Angelo Principe, eds. Enemies Within: Italian and Other Internees in Canada and Abroad. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000.

Iacovetta, Franca, with Paula Draper and Robert Ventresca, eds. A Nation of Immigrants: Women, Workers, and Communities in Canadian History, 1840s. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998.

Johnston, Hugh. The Voyage of the Komagata Maru: The Sikh Challenge to Canada’s Colour Bar. 2nd ed. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1989.

Kelley, Ninette. The Making of the Mosaic: A History of Canadian Immigration Policy. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998.

Knowles, Valerie. Strangers at our Gates: Canadian Immigration and Immigration Policy, 1540-2007. Rev. ed. Toronto: Dundurn, 2007.

Knowles, Valerie. Forging our Legacy: Canadian Citizenship and Immigration, 1900-1977. Ottawa: Citizenship and Immigration Canada, 2000.

Kobayashi, Audrey. “The Uprooting of Japanese Canadians and Japanese Americans during the 1940s: Security of Whom?” Canadian Issues (Fall 2005): 28-30.

Kordan, Bohdan S. A Bare and Impolitic Right: Internment and Ukrainian-Canadian Redress. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2004.

Kordan, Bohdan S. Enemy Aliens, Prisoners of War: Internment in Canada during the Great War. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2002.

Li, Peter S. The Chinese in Canada. 2nd ed. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Luciuk, Lubomyr Y. In Fear of the Barbed Wire Fence: Canada's First National Internment Operations and the Ukrainian Canadians, 1914-1920. Kingston, ON: Kashtan Press, 2001.

Luciuk, Lubomyr Y. Without Just Cause: Canada's First National Internment Operations and the Ukrainian Canadians, 1914-1920. Kingston, ON: Kashtan Press, 2006.

Miki, Roy. Redress: Inside the Japanese Canadian Call for Justice. Vancouver: Raincoast Books, 2004.

Perin, Roberto and Franc Sturino, et al. eds. Arrangiarsi: The Italian Immigration Experience. 2nd ed. Toronto: Guernica, 2006.

Perin, Roberto and Harold Troper. “Immigration Policy.” Multicultural Canada. Vancouver: Simon Fraser University, n.d. (accessed June 11, 2007).

Sunahara, Ann Gomer. The Politics of Racism: The Uprooting of Japanese Canadians During the Second World War. 2nd ed. Ottawa: Ann Gomer Sunahara (accessed June 11, 2007).

Wallace, Theresa. The Role of Transportation in Canadian Immigration 1900-2000. Ottawa: Citizenship and Immigration Canada, 2000.

Whitaker, Reginald. Canadian Immigration Policy since Confederation. Ottawa: Canadian Historical Association, 1991.

Whitaker, Reginald. Double Standard : The Secret History of Canadian Immigration. 1st ed. Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1987.

SELECTED READINGS ON CONTEMPORARY IMMIGRATION POLICIES IN CANADA

Abu-Laban, Yasmeen and Christina Gabriel. Selling Diversity: Immigration, Multiculturalism, Employment Equity and Globalization. Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2002.

Alboim, Naomi, Ross Finnie, and Ronald Meng. “The Discounting of Immigrants' Skills in Canada: Evidence and Policy Recommendations.” IRPP Choices 11, no. 2 (Feb. 2005) (accessed June 18, 2007).

Baaba Folson, Rose, ed. Calculated Kindness: Global Restructuring, Immigration, and Settlement in Canada. Halifax, NS: Fernwood, 2004.

Beach, Charles M., Alan G. Green, and Jeffrey G. Reitz, eds. Canadian Immigration Policy for the 21st Century. Kingston, ON: John Deutsch Institute for the Study of Economic Policy, 2003 [Introduction and Table of Contents] (accessed June 18, 2007).

Beiser, Morton. Strangers at the Gate : The « Boat People’s » First Ten Years in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2001.

Canada. Parliament. House of Commons. Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. Competing for Immigrants: Report of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. Ottawa: The Committee, 2002 (accessed May 16, 2007).

Canada. Parliament. House of Commons. Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. Settlement and Integration : A Sense of Belonging, "Feeling at Home" : Report of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. Ottawa: The Committee, 2003 (accessed June 18, 2007).

Canadian Council for Refugees. Facing Facts - Myths and Misconceptions about Refugees and Immigrants in Canada. Montreal: The Council, n.d. (accessed June 18, 2007).

Canadian Council for Refugees. Safe Third Country. Montreal: The Council, n.d. (accessed June 18, 2007).

Dench, Janet. "A Hundred Years Of Immigration To Canada, 1900-1999: A Chronology Focusing On Refugees And Discrimination." Ottawa: Canadian Council for Refugees, n.d. (accessed June 19, 2007).

Dolin, Benjamin R. and Margaret Young. Canada's Immigration Program [Background Paper]. Rev. ed. Ottawa: Parliamentary Information and Research Service, Library of Parliament, 2004 (accessed June 17, 2007).

Dolin, Benjamin R. and Margaret Young. Canada's Refugee Protection System [Background Paper]. Rev. ed. Ottawa: Library of Parliament, Research Branch, 2002 (accessed June 18, 2007).

Grubel, Herbert G. Immigration and the Welfare State in Canada: Growing Conflicts, Constructive Solutions. Vancouver: Fraser Institute, 2005 (accessed June 18, 2007).

Harewood, Adrian and Liz Fekete. “Xeno-Racism and the Hypocrisy of Managed Migration [Interview].” Canadian Dimension 40, no 2 (March-April 2006): 37-40 (accessed June 18, 2007).

Jackman, Barbara. Ethnocentrism in Law: Human Rights for Non-Citizens in the Wake of September 11th. Ottawa: Human Rights Research and Education Centre. University of Ottawa, 2002.

Jedwab, Jack. Immigration and the Vitality of Canada’s Official Language Communities: Policy, Demography and Identity. Ottawa: Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, 2002 (accessed June 16, 2007).

Knowles, Valerie. Strangers at our Gates : Canadian Immigration and Immigration Policy, 1540-2007. Rev. ed. Toronto: Dundurn, 2007.

Labelle, Micheline. “The Challenge of Diversity in Canada and Quebec.” Policy Options (March-April 2005): 88-93 (accessed June 12, 2007).

Le Goff, Philippe. Immigration to Canada: What Policy for What Purposes? Ottawa: Parliamentary Research Branch, 2004 (accessed June 12, 2007).

Li, Peter S. Destination Canada: Immigration Debates and Issues. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Lippert, Randy K. Sanctuary, Sovereignty, Sacrifice: Canadian Sanctuary Incidents, Power, and Law. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2005.

Lopes, Sandra and Yves Poisson, eds. Integrating Immigrants: Building Partnerships That Work, March 19-20, 2006. Ottawa : Public Policy Forum, 2006 (accessed June 11, 2006).

Nyers, Peter. Rethinking Refugees: Beyond States of Emergency. New York: Routledge, 2006.

Pellerin, Helene. “Economic Integration and Security: New Key Factors in Managing International Migration.” IRRP Choices 11, no 2 (Feb. 2005) (accessed June 18, 2007).

Pratt, Anna. Securing Borders: Detention and Deportation in Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2005. [Introduction and Table of Contents] (accessed June 18, 2007)

Reitz, Jeffrey G. "Tapping Immigrants' Skills: New Directions for Canadian Immigration Policy in the Knowledge Economy." IRRP Choices 11, no 1 (Feb. 2005) (accessed May 18, 2007).

Schecter, Tanya. Race, Class, Women and the State: The Case of Domestic Labour in Canada. Montréal: Black Rose Books, 1998.

Sharma, Nandita Rani. Home Economics: Nationalism and the Making of 'Migrant Workers' in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006.

Showler, Peter. Refugee Sandwich: Stories of Exile and Asylum. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2006.

Stoffman, Daniel. Who Gets In: What's Wrong with Canada's Immigration Program, and How to Fix It. Toronto: Macfarlane, Walter & Ross, 2002.

VanderPlaat, Madine, ed. “Immigration and Families [theme issue]” Canadian Issues / Thèmes canadiens (Spring 2006).

Wark, Wesley K. National Security and Human Rights Concerns in Canada: A Survey of Eight Critical Issues in the Post-9/11 Environment. Ottawa: Canadian Human Rights Commission, 2006 (accessed June 19, 2007).

Wayland, Sarah Virginia. Unsettled: Legal and Policy Barriers for Newcomers to Canada. Ottawa: Law Commission of Canada and Community Foundations of Canada, 2006 (accessed June 18, 2007)

Worswick, Christopher. Immigrants' Declining Earnings: Reasons and Remedies. Ottawa: C.D. Howe Institute, 2004 (accessed June 18, 2007).

Zaman, Habiba. Breaking the Iron Wall: Decommodification and Immigrant Women's Labor in Canada. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2006.