“Canada is a land of immigrants” is a phrase we hear often. And while that is certainly true in many ways, immigration is a complex issue we don’t spend nearly as much time talking about as we should. Michael Haan is Canada Research Chair in Immigration and Ethnic Relations at Western University in London, Ontario, and he spends a lot of time thinking about immigration in Canada, especially rural Canada. I had an opportunity to talk to Dr. Haan last fall in his office at Western University. This is a part of that conversation.
Dr. Michael Haan’s faculty profile
On the Move Partnership
Rural Routes Partners:
The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development, MUN
Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation
Rural Policy Learning Commons Partnership
The National Campus and Community Radio Association
Music by Laura C. Bates performed by Trent Severn.
Good pod cast. The uncontrolled migration chaos in Europe can not be compared to the controlled immigration of Canada, but Canada needs to learn from and even gain from their mistakes.
One advert in a UK newspaper would probably get 20,000 responses from families and young people who want the clean and less populated environment that is in the UK. Farming families are certainly interested, which is a great boost for rural areas, but farming is no longer old men on tractors now, it is very high tech and so attracts engineers, and people from a more scientific background.
Thanks for the comment! We are planning to do an episode on changes in farming, so we’ll keep your comment in mind and see if we can link immigration and technological change in that episode.
They are inseparable, the vast majority of existing farmers in the province have no interest in change or new methods. If you want a modern agricultural industry you HAVE to bring in migrant farmers.
There are a few exceptions but I stand by the above.
This afternoon I was in a meeting discussing this and trying to arrange major funding for an existing food production company on the island.
Local farmers have no idea of the potential of agriculture and food processing on the island, luckily others have, and they want to invest if they can.
I also have UK farmers and their families who want to come to the province, if it can be arranged and work away round all the obstacles.
I might not get the $30 billion a year in exports like Denmark, but if I get my way it will be a few $100 million in what is left of my life.
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