A new Maytree Report by Naomi Alboim and Karen Cohl
The pace and scope of change in Canada’s immigration system in recent years leaves one breathless. From 2008 to July 1, 2012, the federal government has made changes to every aspect of immigration policy, including the way in which reform is undertaken, and more changes are proposed. While some of the recent changes are positive, many are problematic. The changes could have a dramatic impact on both the social and economic fabric of Canada and how the country is perceived by potential immigrants from around the world.
The authors suggest that the public be engaged in a national conversation on what kind of country we want to be and how immigration can help us get there. They list four principles that should guide the conversation and subsequent reform:
- Immigration policy should be based primarily on long-term social and economic objectives and a commitment to citizenship.
- Immigration policy should be evidence-based, comprehensive, fair and respectful of human rights.
- Immigration policy should be developed through public and stakeholder engagement, meaningful federal-provincial-territorial consultation, and democratic processes.
- Immigration policy should enhance Canada’s reputation around the world.
The report also makes recommendations on specific immigration, refugee and citizenship programs.
Downloads and Links
Link to media release
Watch Naomi Alboim talk about her new paper:
Watch a recording of the report release webinar:
- Toronto Star: Immigration policies make Canada less welcoming, study says
- CBC News Toronto (airing on the half hour from 5:30 – 8:30 am): Segement about the Maytree report by Jasmin Seputis. No recording available.
- Globe and Mail: Federal policies risk alienating potential immigrants: study
- Radio Canada Toronto (French): Réforme de la loi sur l’immigration : l’avenir du Canada en péril selon une étude
- GlobalTV.com: Parliament’s Plate, Friday, October 5
- Canadia Press (in Winnipeg Free Press): New report says Tories’ immigration policy too focused on short-term gains
- Omni TV (Vancouver): Maytree Immigration Report (Video no longer available)
- Herald Online: Too much too fast: Immigration changes make Canada less welcoming
- HR Reporter: Rapidly changing immigration policies making Canada less welcoming: Maytree
- Slaw.ca: Maytree review of immigration reform
- Humber Et Cetera: Immigration policy tightens
- Global Visas: Report shows that policy changes make Canada less attractive to migrants
- The Todd Veinotte Show: Interview with Todd Veinotte, October 11 at 1 p.m. No recording available.
- SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle): Illuminate Canada Comments on Canada’s Surprisingly Unwelcoming New Immigration Policies
- Huffington Post: Less Access to Citizenship Means a Worse-Off Canada (op-ed by Naomi Alboim)
- CBC Radio – The Current: Chinese migrant workers and illegal recruitment fees – Report
Coverage in Chinese
- New Tang Dynasty Television: Maytree: federal immigration reform too much too fast
- http://www.mingpaotor.com/htm/News/20121005/taa1.htm?m=0 (Ming Pao Toronto)
- http://news.singtao.ca/toronto/2012-10-05/headline1349428819d4125903.html (Sing Tao)
- http://www.epochtimes.com/gb/12/10/5/n3698671.htm%E5%8A%A0%E5%9B%BD%E7%A7%BB%E6%B0%91%E6%94%B9%E9%9D%A9%E2%80%9C%E5%8F%B2%E6%97%A0%E5%89%8D%E4%BE%8B%E2%80%9D-%E4%B8%93%E5%AE%B6%E5%BF%A7%E9%95%BF%E8%BF%9C%E5%BD%B1%E5%93%8D.html (Epoch Times)