Canadians less enthusiastic about immigrants

Canadians less enthusiastic about immigrants, survey finds
The Canadian Press October 30, 2012

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is preparing to release government targets for the number of immigrants Canada will accept next year.
Photograph by: FRED CHARTRAND , THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA — Canadian hearts are hardening slightly towards the country’s immigrants, particularly when it comes to their impact on the economy, an internal government survey suggests.

The latest results of the Citizenship and Immigration tracking survey — conducted every year since 1996 to gauge public opinion on immigration — suggest that national attitudes towards both the number and the value of Canadian immigrants are shifting.

The 2012 survey, obtained under access to information laws, found the number of Canadian respondents who said they felt immigration was having a positive effect on the economy was 56 per cent — a decline of 10 percentage points from the 2010 survey. Continue reading