Beyond the romanticized image of newcomers arriving as a "huddled mass" at Halifax's Pier 21, understanding the reality and complexity of immigration today requires an expert guide. In the hands of scholar Augie Fleras, this intricate and ever-changing subject gets the attention it deserves with analysis of all aspects, including admission policies, the refugee processing system, the temporary foreign worker program, and the emergence of transnational identities. Given the unprecedented number of federal policy reforms of the past decade, such a roadmap is essential.
Immigration Canada describes, analyzes, and reassesses immigration in a Canada that is rapidly changing, increasingly diverse, more uncertain, and globally connected. Drawing on the best Canadian and international scholarship, he considers topics of major importance, including:
theories of international migration
the redesign of Canada's immigration program along neoliberal lines
the global refugee crisis and Canada's response by means of the refugee status determination program
a comparison of the Canada immigration model to that of the US and Australia
the role of an official multiculturalism
the contributions of both mainstream and alternative media in influencing the "warmth of the welcome"
the gendered nature of immigration and immigrant experiences
the centrality of transmigration/transnationalism in rethinking the immigration paradigm
the customization of an inclusive Canadian citizenship to reflect the realities of multiversal and transmigrant diversities within a postnational Canada.
By thoroughly capturing the politics, patterns, and paradoxes of contemporary migration, this book rethinks the thorny issues and reframes the key debates.
Augie Fleras is an adjunct professor of sociology at the University of Waterloo. He has authored twenty-five books, including The Media Gaze: Representations of Diversities in Canada (UBC Press, 2011).
Preface Part 1: Reappraising Migration 1 Twenty-First-Century Migration: Canada in the New Global Reality 2 Global Migration, International Migrants: Patterns, Perspectives, Paradoxes Part 2: Immigration Canada 3 Who Got In? Who Gets In? Continuity and Change in Canada's Immigration Program 4 Recalibrating Canada's Immigration Program: Customizing Immigrants, Commodifying Migrant Labour 5 Canada's Refugee Status Determination Process: Controversies, Challenges, Changes 6 American Exceptionalism: Contesting Immigration, Confounding Immigrants Part 3: Experiencing Immigration, Immigrant Experiences 7 Assessing Immigration: Costs and Benefits, Impacts and Effects, Perceptions and Realities 8 Immigrant Experiences: The Good, the Bad, and the Hopeful 9 Integrating Immigrants: Inclusive Multiculturalism as Immigrant Governance Part 4: Repositioning Immigrant Governance - Negotiating a New Global Migration Order 10 Rethinking Immigrant Governance: The Challenges of Complex Diversity 11 Customizing Citizenship: Recalibrating Identity and Belonging in a Postnational Canada 12 Rethinking Immigration, Reframing Immigrants: Evolving Realities, Emerging Challenges, Shifting Discourses Notes References Index