Radio-Canada commissioned a survey to determine Canadian's attitudes to immigrants. When publishing the results, the French-language radio station noted that in 2011, 1 out of every 5 Canadians were immigrants, and that Canada welcomed more than 320,000 immigrants last year compared to the average 250,000.
- 75% of respondents think they should be tested on “Canadian values"
- +50% half are concerned about the future of culture and identity
- 46% think immigrants make Canada a better place to live
- 40% of respondents think there are too many immigrants and that is a threat to the “purity” of the country
- 23% would favour a ban on Muslim immigration to Canada
- 32% of Quebecois would favour a ban on Muslim immigration to Canada
According to Radio-Canada:
The survey may be a shock for many Canadians who believe this country to be immune to the anti-immigrant sentiments that have swept the U.S. and some European countries.
In an interview with Calgary Eyeopener, Canadian immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah said:
The reality is it is a lot of work and people spend years trying to get into our wonderful country and when they get here, the majority of them, I would say 99 per cent of them, want to be outstanding Canadian citizens.
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