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Canadian Immigration Overview

After the war, Canada was one of the first nations to cautiously open its doors to Jewish displaced persons. In 1947, the Canadian government issued the Order in Council #1647 granting permission for 1,000 Jewish war orphans to enter Canada. In 1948, Canada's immigration policies were liberalized, as workers were needed for the booming post-war economy. Within a decade, almost two million newcomers, including thousands of Jewish Holocaust survivors, were admitted.     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 It is repealed in 1947.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.
Displaced Persons
Dislocated, stateless Jews and others, whose homes were destroyed or occupied by strangers or who feared reprisals or annihilation if they returned to their pre-war communities. In 1945, there were between 1.5 million and 2 million displaced persons; this figure included 200,000 Jews, most from Eastern Europe.