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Canadian Immigration Overview

Canadian immigration policies were ethnically selective and remained so during the first half of the 20th century. Preference was given to British and American immigrants, followed by northern and then central Europeans. Least desired were Asians, Blacks and Jews. Non-preferred immigrants were usually admitted to perform risky or undesirable jobs, such as farming in remote areas and building the railway.     more... »
Changes to the Immigration Act allow for the rejection of immigrants "belonging to any race deemed unsuitable to the climate or requirements of Canada."
Canada liberalizes immigration policies. Almost two million newcomers are admitted within a decade, including thousands of Jewish survivors.
"Points" system for immigration is implemented, based on language and job skill qualifications.
Canada is awarded the United Nations' Nansen Medal for its compassionate refugee policies.
Chinese Exclusion Act virtually stops Chinese immigration. It is repealed in 1947.
After years of lobbying by Canadian Jewish communities, 1,123 Jewish orphans enter Canada.
Canada admits nearly 40,000 Hungarian refugees following the Hungarian uprising.
Immigration and Refugee Board recognizes the special persecution women face as refugees.
A person who comes to a new country to live as a permanent resident.
Someone of the Hebrew or Jewish people. Someone who is either born or converts to Judaism, which is the religion, philosophy and way of life of the Jewish People.