Student Handout #6: The Chosen Ones – A History of Selective Immigration. Anyone help?? Social Homework?

Question by bdinney22: Student Handout #6: The Chosen Ones – A History of Selective Immigration. Anyone help?? Social Homework?
k so we have to do this handout for social above is the name of the handout. i will paste the work sheet followed by the questions help asap would be appreciated 🙂

With the exception of the First Nations, everyone in Canada is either an immigrant or descended from immigrants. But how did all these people, from so many different countries, end up living here? What criteria did they have to meet in order to gain entry? The truth may explode some long-cherished myths about Canada’s immigration history.

As late as 1910, those wishing to move to Canada were subjected to a ranking system based on racial origin and how well immigration experts thought they could adapt to life in this country. It wasn’t until the 1960s that the Department of Immigration discarded these racial criteria and adopted a more tolerant attitude towards ethnic minorities. But in order to take a comprehensive look at Canada’s immigration policy, we have to go back another 300 years.

In 1660, immigrant settlement in Canada was mainly restricted to villages scattered along the St. Lawrence River. Most inhabitants were traders, merchants and soldiers and the area was nominally controlled by the French Crown. For years, the colony languished. French authorities considered it a backwater. Some said its only claim to worthiness was the quality of the furs in the region. But this changed when France’s arch-enemy, England, fixed her imperialistic eye on the New World. France knew the key to retaining the colony was to populate it.

To bolster the predominantly male population along the St. Lawrence, beginning in 1665, more than 700 French women were imported into the colony. Many were impoverished and their expenses were paid by the Crown, which led them to be known as les filles du roi, daughters of the King. This novel approach had the desired effect as the population grew.

Then, from 1665 to 1760, another 8,000 immigrants settled in Canada. Nearly all were single men and many didn’t care for what they encountered. For every one that remained, two returned to Europe. Canada’s early immigration policy was obviously flawed.

For more than a century, with the notable exception of les filles du roi, authorities encouraged male immigration. Single men could be transported cheaply, with many working aboard the ships to defray the price of passage. It was rationalized that, without families to encumber them, these men would travel the colony searching for work and settling where they liked. Married men, especially those with children, were considered inappropriate immigrants. It was believed they would abandon the colony rather than subject their loved ones to privation. This attitude changed in the 1750s when Britain tried to colonize Nova Scotia with loyal Protestants. It was hoped these staunch Englishmen would counterbalance the Catholic population in Quebec.

It is estimated that 2,500 Protestants came to the area between 1750 and 1780. But of the single males in this group, fully two-thirds disappeared from colonial records. They did not settle in Nova Scotia. They either slipped away to the United States or joined the army. As colonists, they were a total loss. However, among the married men, only one-third did not settle permanently. The British government was quick to realize it got much better value out of families, even though single men were cheaper to settle. This shift in thinking influenced Canadian immigration policy for nearly 50 years. As one historian put it, “families were channels for information and assistance, and an important source of support in adjusting to life in a new location.” A prime example occurred around 1815, when a group of Irish immigrants settled in Upper Canada.

Once the original group was here, they began writing letters home. They extolled life in Canada as compared to the conditions they left in Ireland. As a consequence, more family members immigrated and so did friends and neighbours. This became known as chain immigration and was quickly acknowledged to be a more effective colonization tool than the random importation of single males. Canada’s immigration policy was maturing.

For 200 years the primary reason for people coming to this country was the fact that they could get free land. All that changed at the beginning of the 20th century. Labour-seeking immigrants began to outnumber land-seeking settlers. This was amply demonstrated when the railroad was being constructed through the interior of British Columbia. Thousands of Chinese workers came to Canada hoping to earn wages unheard of in their homeland. They were here strictly to earn money, not to take up homesteads. They represented not only a drastic shift in the trend of immigration, but also a dramatic change in the way officials viewed those seeking access to this country.

The attitude adopted toward the Chinese was: if they wanted into Canada to work that was fine, but only male labourers would be allowed to immigr
that could probbaly help. paste what you know!! thanks!!

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Answer by Mahl
I really only know about current things to do with immigration to Canada. I’m not really sure if that will help or not. If it will, just reply to this, and I will message with the stuff I know.

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Is it rude to state opposition to illegal immigration when talking to a person of Mexican descent?

Question by peace frog: Is it rude to state opposition to illegal immigration when talking to a person of Mexican descent?
To elaborate, I was at my local laundromat and struck up a conversation with one of the attendants, who is a Mexican-American woman. Somehow this issue came up and she stated that her ex-husband was illegal and got deported and now she has an illegal boyfriend. I told her that I was very much against the whole thing. I said it in a very even tone and really just wanted to hear her feelings on the issue. I mentioned all the accidents with illegals and the public and I said that some groups have problems with alcohol and that Native Americans cannot drink. It’s like they have an allergy or something. I brought up the fact that Mexicans are Native Americans and have a problem with alcohol as a group (at least the men). I also mentioned how I am half Irish and that the Irish are known as having problems with alcohol. Of course it doesn’t mean every single Irish person. But enough have alcoholism that the community should take care with it.

Is it rude to debate this issue with them?
Franco: Care to elaborate or are you just Mexican and defend things out of false pride? I am 50% Puerto Rican. As you know, all Latin American cultures are different, just as European ones are.
To the 4th poster: Listen to me–if I gave you the stats for alcoholism in the Native American community, would you argue and call me racist? What I was saying is that we have enough American-born drunks. We don’t need to import them! Same applies to all the other social ills. The whole point of LEGAL IMMIGRATION is to SCREEN people. Do you like rapists and murderers to escape here and wreak havoc on (most likely) other legal Hispanics? I am not suggesting that all Mexican men are alkies, rapists and murderers, but even ONE is one too many, since they weren’t legal and shouldn’t be here!
Apey1978: Oh, please with your bleeding heart self! Poverty= being a drunk? So all those rich and famous Hollywood stars going to dry out are POOR? There are certain cultures vulnerable to alcoholism, and Russians are another one.
Lucy: Get ready for 10 points because I doubt anyone will top you! As a fellow Hispanic woman, my town became predominantly Mexican and at the beginning, I was HAPPY! I welcomed the “diversity” that had been sorely lacking. But then the deluge, noise, litter, and other social problems followed and while it’s an indelicate topic, it is very real. I spoke personally to a Mexican-born woman who complained to me that she couldn’t find Mexican girlfriends who liked intellectual pursuits like the museum and that most were just interested in soap operas (telenovelas), clothes, and gossip. She said this, not me! There are generalizations, just as Americans are generalized by other nations and those generalizations may be hard to swallow, they are on the whole accurate. As for the alcohol issue, don’t forget the reckless driving! Tell me that I am wrong with that as a generalization!
Mabelle: I DID NOT SAY THAT 100% OF MEXICANS ARE RAGING ALKIES! GOT IT? I said that it is a problem in the Mexican community. I could also say that they have the highest birthrate of any American group. Are you gonna cry racism about that, too? And trust me, that creates all sorts of problems for our country, just as over-population is a problem in Mexico. They have 100 million people, my dear!
*Edit for Mabelle: Just because I asked for input about this issue, doesn’t mean I am unsure that I did the right thing. Do you honestly think everyone who comes on here asking questions is really unsure about their position? It’s just neat to read other ideas, even if I vehemently oppose them.
*Edit #2 Mabelle: First of all, the woman in question did not take offense to me. As a matter of fact, I think it was a surprise to her because she is surrounded by people who come up with excuses regarding why it’s not so bad. She actually brought up George Bush, LOL! She said that if he can start an illegal war, then how can he talk about illegal immigration? I told her that two wrongs don’t make a right! But not once did she get angry or tell me I was rude. As for writing in caps, etc.: it was because people try and misquote me in order to make a case against me and I am EMPHASIZING a point. It has nothing to do with talking down to anyone. If I had italics or bold print at my disposal, I would use that, probably.
*Edit #3 Mabelle: LOL- I knew if I responded that you would read it, even though you said you were done! It’s hard not to go back and check…I would love to moderate a chat but I don’t know how to go about it!

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Answer by Franko Rizzo
wow, you aren’t very enlightened.

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Is the US Immigration promoting or offering American women to foreigner singles?

Question by Farmer campesino: Is the US Immigration promoting or offering American women to foreigner singles?
Many American women have Mexican boy friends or husbands!
Why is that?
Are american women not satisfied with the American men?
Are Machos Mexicanos doing better what Americans can’t do as good as us?

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Answer by David
They live in area near borders that are infested with illegals
all the decent people have moved away ..the fat girls stay so they can get a man …

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