Xenophobia about process, not people
Canadians largely have been supportive of immigration for many years. how can they not be? So many Canadians are either immigrants themselves or have parents or grandparents who were born elsewhere.
So, it’s concerning that public support for immigration has started to slip.
a new Ipsos global Public affairs poll shows while Canadians back immigration more broadly, they have significant concerns about how immigration is being managed.
the poll found 44 per cent of respondents said there are too many immigrants coming to Canada. and a majority of respondents believe Canada is too welcoming to new arrivals.
Where is this coming from? What drives this perspective?
Columnist Brian Lilley wrote recently “a full 57 per cent of Canadians agree with the statement that ‘immigration has placed too much pressure on public services in Canada.’ ” that includes 77 per cent of Conservative voters but also 51 per cent of Liberal voters and 48 per cent of ndp voters.”
In other words, at a time when people are anxious about their economic future and the rising cost of living, they also worry about the economic cost and tax burden that comes with increased immigration.
Prime Minister Justin trudeau has taken to hectoring those who express such concerns, last month divisively rejecting immigration concerns as “fear-mongering” and anti-immigrant bias.
this is a naked, political smear tactic — aimed in an election year primarily at federal Conservatives — because the trudeau Liberals have so utterly botched the care and settlement of refugees who are arriving daily at our borders.
But whether it’s the various measures the Liberals have taken to make it easier to get citizenship to Canada or their failure to take financial responsibility for migrants, Canadians increasingly are losing confidence in our immigration system.
We highly doubt frustrations with immigration are about the immigrants themselves. It’s about the way things are being done. It’s not about people, but process.
one of the best ways we can enhance the popularity of immigration in Canada is by enhancing the integrity of the immigration system in Canada.
If the system has holes, if it looks like it’s easy to game, if the government acts like borders don’t matter, confidence will erode.
Let’s have a welcoming but well-managed immigration system that will make everyone proud.