Canadians are increasingly “accepting and supportive” of immigrants and refugees, according to a new study.
A record-high two-thirds of Canadians now reject the idea that immigration levels are too high, with this view strengthening across the country, reveals the study by polling firm Environics Institute.
In fact, despite a global pandemic, the majority of Canadians also believe “Canada needs more immigrants to increase its population”.
The Focus Canada 2020 study revealed that Canadians have become more open, not less so.
“Over the past year, the Canadian public has become more accepting and supportive of immigrants and refugees, continuing a trend dating back several years, but to levels not recorded in more than four decades of Focus Canada surveys,” the report claims.
It added that “strong and increasing majorities of Canadians express comfort with current immigration levels, see immigrants as good for the Canadian economy and
not threats to other people’s jobs, and believe that immigration is essential to building the country’s population.”
And for the first time in 40 years of Focus research, “a plurality of Canadians rejects the ideas that too many refugees are not legitimate, and that too many immigrants are not adopting Canadian values.”
These attitudes are not found just in heavily populated and diverse cities like Toronto.
Pollsters discovered increasing openness among older residents aligned with conservative political parties and in areas that have faced economic devastation.
Canada welcomed roughly 340,000 new permanent residents in 2019, the highest number in more than a century.
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