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March 2015

Canada Sees Shift In Attitudes Towards Immigrants

Published: Monday 16 March 2015

Canadian attitudes towards new immigrants have changed significantly over the past ten years, with the country’s residents, on the whole, less welcoming towards newcomers than they once were. A national survey, carried out by EKOS, found that 46 per cent of the almost 3,000 Canadians polled believed that too many immigrants are now entering the country — up from 25 per cent in 2005. What’s more, 41 per cent said too many of the country’s new immigrants are ‘visible minorities’ — up from only 18 per cent in 2005. Of those who said there are too many visible minorities, most had a high school education (48 per cent), were aged between 50 and 64 (51 per cent) and had parents who were born in Canada (48 per cent). Meanwhile, 31 per cent of respondents with a university education, 40 per cent of those 35 and under and 31 per cent of those not born in Canada said there are too many visible minorities in Canada. Broken down by the three main Canadian political parties, 51 per cent of Conservatives, 35 per cent of NDP and 32 per cent of Liberals said there are too many visible minorities. When asked if Canada has too many immigrants, 56 per cent of Conservative respondents said yes, compared to 41 per cent of Liberals and 38 per cent of NDP.