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Strangers at Our Gates: Canadian Immigration and Immigration Policy, 1540-2006, Revised Edition

Strangers at Our Gates, Revised Edition    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 1-55002-698-6
Pages 310
Language English only
Price $26.99
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Written by Valerie Knowles.
Published by Dundurn Press, 2007.


Immigrants and immigration have always been central to Canadians' perception of themselves as a country and as a society. For years, Canadians stood proudly behind our open-door immigration policy. In this crisply-written history, Valerie Knowles describes the different kinds of immigrants who have settled in Canada, and the immigration policies that have helped to define the character of Canadian immigrants over the centuries. Key policymakers and moulders of public opinion figure prominently in the colourful story, as does the role played by racism.

This revised third edition of Strangers at Our Gates contains additional material on immigration to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, sections on the evacuee children of the Second World War and Canadian War Brides, and material relating to significant developments in the immigration and refugee field since 1996. Special attention is paid to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act of 2001.

About the author: Valerie Knowles is an Ottawa journalist and writer with degrees from Smith College (B.A. Honours History), McGill University (M.A. History), and Carleton University (B.J.). In addition to authoring books, Ms. Knowles has written for magazines, newspapers, and federal government departments, taught history, and worked as an archivist.
"Strangers at Our Gates has become a standard reference tool and the textbook of choice on the always controversial question of which, and how many, people should be allowed into Canada. Knowles provides a fast moving, highly readable survey of four centuries of migration to this country that never gets bogged down in the hair splitting acrimony of anachronistic moralizing so beloved by most of those who write on the subject." – Mike Molloy, President of the Canadian Immigration Historical Society
From the same author:
William C. Van Horne: Railway Titan

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