Honestly speaking, quite often it is difficult to speak against the popular opinion. Hence, it would be difficult to convince audience that racism was hitherto absent in Canada. Of course, racism was not so apparent in Canada as in most other countries where people have accepted racism as part of life or some countries, as Dubai, where racism is even legalized in way. For those, not aware of this, Dubai has got different punishments for same traffic offences depending upon the religion and nationality. However, so far racism is largely covert in Canada and no as overt as in most other countries including India. Now reports are suggesting that Canada is “grappling” with racism.
Immigration surge has been held as one of the reason. One-in-five people in Canada is foreign-born according to census number, an immigration surge unprecedented in a quarter-of-a-century and one that comes as the country grapples with acts of overt racism that fly in the face of Canada’s reputation for tolerance.
In Canada, natural growth in population is just 3.3% against the influx in immigrants, which is causing population to grow by 9%.The settlement areas of these immigrants are highly concentrated:
Almost two-thirds of the nation’s immigrants are settling in Canada’s three biggest cities: Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. Despite best efforts of other provinces, these immigrants don’t seem to prefer other destinations mainly for hostile weather and lack of people of “own types”.
The highest percentage of newcomers to Canada were from China (14 per cent), followed by India (11.6), the Philippines (7) and Pakistan (5.2). For the first time, the proportion of foreign-born immigrants from Asian and Middle Eastern countries (41 per cent) outstripped those of European heritage (37).
As a result, now ugly things have started to happen in Canada lately, such as attacks on Asian fishermen in Ontario, Quebeckers making Muslims feel unwelcome, and violence between “Indo-Canadian” gangs.
In fact, the question that was mute so far, has now been openly being asked that “Does Canada really need all these immigrants?”