Canadian’s Attitudes Toward Immigration in the COVID‐19 Era

Authors: Bruce Newbold*, McMaster University
Topics: Immigration/Transnationalism, Canada, Population Geography
Keywords: Canada, COVID-19, immigration, attitudes
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM
Room: Virtual 24
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Canada depends on immigration for economic and demographic growth. But fears of COVID‐19 and attempts to control its spread have resulted in governments closing borders and/or restricting immigration. Concurrently, increased discrimination against people from Asia, and immigrants in general, has been observed. Based on a national online survey of adults aged 25 and over, this presentation will examine whether Canadian’s attitudes toward immigration have shifted with the pandemic. Results suggest that Canadians have concerns regarding immigration and would prefer to see immigration numbers reduced. Increased racism and discrimination directed toward immigrants and racialized individuals is also noted.

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