Canadian Immigration Policy Essay
When asked about the number of Jews that should be permitted into Canada, the Deputy Minister of Immigration, Frederick Blair, is reported to have stated, "None is too many" (Abella & Tropper, 1984).As far as immigration legislation and people with disabilities is concerned, little has changed since the late 19th Century and, although not officially stated, the concept of "none is too many" still applies to people with disabilities attempting to immigrate to Canada.
And, in recent years, immigrant families such as the Dejong family from the Netherlands and the Hilewitz family from South Africa challenged deportation in the Supreme Court of Canada.
In short, when it comes to the federal and provincial laws which address discrimination, every individual or group is treated equally and no form of discrimination is given greater credibility than the next.
Unfortunately, as this paper shows, these rules don't apply to people with disabilities when they attempt to immigrate to Canada.
As a result of these reforms, Canada has became home to previously unwanted populations including European Jews, Roma people, gays and lesbians, people from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, as well as South America and Central America.
Simply put, it is not only considered unethical but it is unacceptable to deny entry to immigrants because of the colour of their skin, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or their culture.