Satisfactory Essays
Canada was widely acknowledged as the “Land of Opportunities” and “Land of Plenty”, and the country have attracted millions of immigrants throughout history. The 1950s had been the post-war period of World War Two and was a decade of radical changes in Canadians’ lifestyles. After World War Two, Europe became undesirable for people to live in due to massive war losses and damages. On the other side of the world, North America was not affected by any damage from World War II, instead, it benefited from the war as its economy flourished. Positivity spread through most of the country as automobiles, and televisions became a part of Canadians’ lifestyle.
In this thriving time period, Canada admitted countless immigrants and refugees from other nations. This second wave of immigrants contributed to Canada’s exponential population increase, alongside baby boomers. Canada was also introduced to many cultures and religions conveyed overseas by newcomers from Asia and Europe. This symbolized the start of Canada’s worldwide recognition of a multi-cultural country. As the coveted land for foreign citizens, Canada did not completely welcome every person who applied for citizenship. Under that desirable façade, the Canadian government somewhat welcomed and admitted immigrants with a comparatively hospitable attitude, however, once the immigrants arrived in Canada, they were left alone by the government to fend for themselves. Similar to the treatment of the government, immigrants were not completely welcomed by the Canadian mainstream society after settling in Canada.
The Canadian government exhibited a somewhat warm attitude of welcoming immigrants. The 1950’s immigration movement contributed to the increase of Canadian population, alon...

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...aced with unanticipated challenges, such as discrimination and poverty. “Leaving their native countries to avoid the indigence of the aftermath of World War II” was where an irony arises. Even after the immigrants settled in Canada, they encountered obstacles similar to poverty that they could have experienced by staying in their native country; they did not escape the impoverished state they wanted to abscond from. Other than poverty, the Canadian mainstream society was another sign that Canada did not fully welcome immigrants. Discrimination would not have been a problem at the immigrants’ own country, coming to Canada; it became an additional factor that counted as an obstacle for them. It would be fair to say that poverty and discrimination on Canadian immigrants only became more subtle since the 1950s comparing to how immigrants were welcomed to Canada today.
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