Canada leads the world in pro-immigration sentiment

Eighty per cent of Canadians oppose a reduction in immigration levels
||Last Updated: 04/10/2006

Canadians feel more positive about immigration than the residents of many other immigrant-receiving countries, according to a recent Gallup survey.

The survey of approximately 1,000 residents of immigrant-receiving countries found that 22 per cent of Canadians surveyed would like to see an actual increase in immigration levels, while only four per cent of Britons and six per cent of Americans feel the same. Though 58 per cent of Canadians would like to maintain current levels of immigration, only 33 per cent of the Britons surveyed and 35 per cent of Americans surveyed agreed.

"Canada doesn’t place as much emphasis on a single dominant ethno-cultural identity,” said Jack Jedwab, executive director of the Association for Canadian Studies. “As a result, there is less societal pressure for cultural integration. In other immigrant-receiving countries there is often concern for preserving the identity of a particular ethnic majority resulting in a less positive attitude towards immigration,"