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Strangers at Our Gates
Canadian Immigration and Immigration Policy, 1540–2015
4th edition
By (author): Valerie Knowles
9781459732858 Paperback, Trade English General Trade HISTORY / Social History Canada Mar 05, 2016
$26.99 CAD
Active 6 x 9 x 1 in | 520 gr 336 pages 28 B&W illustrations, notes, Bibliography, Index Dundurn
In this new and revised edition, Knowles explores new materials relating to multiculturalism and immigration.

Immigrants and immigration have always been central to Canadians’ perception of themselves as a country and a society. In this crisply written history, Valerie Knowles describes the different kinds of immigrants who have settled in Canada, and the immigration policies that have helped define the character of Canadian immigrants over the centuries. Key policymakers and shapers of public opinion figure prominently in this colourful story, as does the role played by racism.

This new and revised edition features a chapter on the Conservative government’s handling of immigration between 2006 and 2014. Special attention is paid to the role played by the activist minister Jason Kenney and his attempts to develop a faster, more flexible immigration regime. The Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the Interim Federal Health Program are also discussed. The book’s final chapter, “Issues in the Twenty-First Century,” introduces new material relating to multiculturalism and outlines arguments supporting population growth, increased immigration, and decreased immigration.

  • New edition revised and expanded to tackle recent developments in Canada’s immigration policy, up to 2014
  • Covers the history of immigration to Canada (including the different kinds of immigrants) and the history of immigration policy
  • Includes profiles of the policymakers and public figures that have shaped policy over the years
  • A comprehensive history of immigration, with chapters dedicated to each immigration era
  • Author has won the University of British Columbia Medal for Canadian Biography (2004) and the Ottawa Non-Fiction Book Award (2005) for her book From Telegrapher to Titan: The Life of William C. Van Horne

Valerie Knowles is a journalist and writer who has published eleven non-fiction works. From Telegrapher to Titan: The Life of William C. Van Horne won the University of British Columbia Medal for Canadian Biography for 2004 and the City of Ottawa Non-Fiction Book Award for 2005. She lives in Ottawa.

Strangers at our Gates … deserves a wider audience and could serve as a useful starting point of research for all those who shape Canada’s immigration and refugee policies. - New Canadian Media

Ms. Knowles's unpretentious and accessible writing style makes the learning process easy. Read this book! - Canadian Immigration Historical Society Bulletin

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