It has often been the perception that Northern states admit immigrants out of generosity, offering security and shelter to people forced from their own countries because of political and economic circumstances. This collection–based on case studies with immigrants–quickly dispels this myth. Immigrants are admitted to serve economic or demographic interests. They also serve to pay back the receiving countries’ own historical and political indebtedness. It is the North that both produces and regulates the migration flows, and it is the North that reaps the benefits. Northern migrants to the South, generally, improve their careers and livelihood, whereas migrants from the East and West regress.
How does Canadian society fare when placed within a global background? The immigrant case studies in this book–Ghanaian women learning English, migrant women sex-workers in our cities, foreign-trained professionals, East Asian women and sexual harassment, and Canadian aid workers in the South–all contribute to perform a reality check for the notion of Canada as a “caring and sharing” country.