Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
336 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
January 2010
Print ISBN: 9781551303628
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  • Winner of the 2014 Nathan Keyfitz Book Prize


Immigration and Canada provides readers with a vital introduction to the field of international migration studies. This original book presents an integrated critical perspective on Canadian immigration policies, main trends, and social, economic, and cultural impacts. It offers up-to-date information on migration patterns and examines Canada in an evolving, global-transnational system that gives rise to imagined futures and contrasting real outcomes.

Key issues and debates include:

  • nation building and the historical roots of Canadian immigration
  • contemporary global migration
  • the changing national and ethnic origins of immigrants
  • immigrants, jobs, wages, and the economy
  • "designer" immigrants and the brain gain
  • the business of migration
  • demographic impacts of immigration
  • racism and prejudice facing excluded and marginalized populations
  • transnational citizens, diasporas, emerging identities, and struggles to belong
  • refugees, temporary workers, and foreign visa workers
  • undocumented migration and migrant trafficking
  • the baby bust and the future of international migration

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Theoretical Issues
Chapter 3: Immigration and Nation-Building
Chapter 4: From the End of White Canada to Designer Immigrants
Chapter 5: Who Gets In?
Chapter 6: National and Ethnic Origins
Chapter 7: Jobs and Earnings
Chapter 8: Being and Belonging in a Transnational World
Chapter 9: Identity Politics
Chapter 10: Immigrants, Migrant Workers, and Babies
Chapter 11: Policy Options: Where Are We Headed?

Appendix: Guide to Further Study

Alan B. Simmons

Alan B. Simmons is a Senior Scholar in the Department of Sociology at York University, where he is also a Fellow at the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean and a Member of the Centre for Refugee Studies. Professor Simmons has published extensively on issues of Canadian immigration, race and ethnicity, international migration, and refugee policy.


This volume will serve as a very useful book. The major strengths are its breadth of and its Canadian focus. This book is a welcome addition to the literature on international migration.

This book is a well-organized, comprehensive overview of issues of transnational migration. It reflects a very thorough coverage of objective evidence on migration and integration issues...with a particular focus on implications for Canada.

The transnational emphasis is both welcome and appropriate to this original treatment of immigration to Canada.

"The transnational emphasis is both welcome and appropriate to this original treatment of immigration to Canada."
—  David Ley, Canada Research Chair of Geography, University of British Columbia

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