Racial Profiling at Citizenship and Immigration Canada?

Racial Profiling at Citizenship and Immigration Canada?

17th Jun 2010 Comments Off on Racial Profiling at Citizenship and Immigration Canada?

Charlie Gillis has an interesting article Macleans Magazine today titled “Who Doesn’t Get Into Canada”. The article analyses a government report titled “Social and Economic Outcomes of Second Generation Youth” in the context of broader trends in Canadian immigration patterns.  

The government report makes many very blunt observations, including that:

  • Chinese and South Asians are the most likely to have university degrees or higher, and to be employed in high-skilled occupations; and
  • Second-generation youth of Caribbean and Latin American origin don’t fare as well. They tend to obtain lover levels of education than native-born Canadian kids and wind up in less skilled jobs.

Mr. Gillis uses this information to provide the first discussion (that I have seen) on the effects of Bill C-50. Passed in 2008, this Bill provided, amongst other things, the Minister of Immigration with the power to:

  • Limit the number of new applications;
  • Reject applications;
  • Decide the order in which new applications are processed;
  • Delay the processing of applications from specific missions abroad in order to speed those from others; and
  • Give priority to qualified skilled professionals applying under the economic class categories.

Mr. Gillis notes that the impact has appeared to have been increased wait times for family class applicants of South American or Caribbean descent that are disproportionately greater than the increase for those of Asian descent. He notes that:

The average wait time for someone wishing to bring a spouse into the country through Kingston, Jamaica has ballooned to 15 months, fully three times the processing time in 2006. A similar application lodged in New Delhi takes just six months.


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