Racial Discrimination In Canada

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For immigrants who are visible minorities in Canada, the experiences their children go through may be more indicative of the long-term potential for economic and social integration of the minority group in Canadian civilization.

Although, research on attitudes of majority reveals that Canadians have somewhat favourable attitudes towards immigration, racial minorities experience significant amount of discrimination compared to the whites in Canada: “35.9 percent [of visible minorities] reported experiences of discrimination, compared with 10.6 percent of whites” (496). In spite of development in the economic conditions of immigrants as they adept to Canada’s society and labour markets – with overall improvement in employment experiences among second generation --, a racial split in perception of discrimination can be seen, particularly longer the immigrants stay in Canada. This gap turns out to be even larger among the second generation. This widening racial chasm can be noticed among “Chinese (34.5%), South Asians (43.4%), Blacks (60.9%), and other visible minority groups” (497).
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There are differences in terms of how much does prejudice influence opportunities in crucial fields such as employment: “the survey shows that 42 percent of visible minorities think that prejudice affects opportunities, compared with 30 percent of Whites.” Also the problem here is that the real racial divergence in awareness of the severity of racial discrimination is bigger than the differences between these percentages recorded, because of the “reverse discrimination.” Reverse discrimination, in this case, is when whites believe that it is their race that loses opportunity due to discrimination (17%), whereas this view is uncommon among visible minorities

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