The Impact Of Immigration Into Canada

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Thesis: The current immigration processes for individuals immigrating into Canada is flawed with regard to equality. Even though many disabled citizens make positive economic contributions to society, they are unfairly denied entry into Canada because they are seen as a burden on one 's family, a threat to public safety, and an extraordinary cost to the state.
1. Canada does not recognize the economic contribution people with disabilities and their families can, and do, make to Canadian society.
• This reason addresses that disabled individuals are a burden to society rather than a benefit. Citizens wonder why Canada is discriminating against people with disabilities because Canada is a country that celebrates the outstanding contributions
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In Canada, any individual with a physical or mental disorder may be denied entry (El-Lahib, 2012). The Medical Superintendent is responsible for determining if an induvial has the possibility to pose a threat to the property, safety, or welfare of themselves or others. This is a subjective process because officers are unable to guarantee that a disabled individual will or will not be a threat (Gerber, 2005). The immigration process has vague guidelines regarding being seen as a threat to public safety and therefore this gives officers the excessive power to determine the future for these disabled individuals. Mental, social and cognitive disabilities receive the most discrimination because officials perceive them as dangerous. This is due to the differences of their mindset compared to non-disabled Canadians. In fact, 3000 immigrants and families were denied entry due to mental, social and cognitive disabilities in 2014 (Kathrin, 2014). Unfortunately, these immigrants are perceived as a danger due to their mental abnormalities, which is a serious …show more content…
A disability might not place strain on social resources, but the lifestyle of a disabled individual is full of additional costs that the average non-disabled individual would not have. For example, if an individual has a physical disability they require special housing, a suitable transportation method, a caregiver and workplace accommodation. These hidden costs do not place immediate strain on society, but they result in a long-term societal problem. The average disabled child costs approximately $8742 in additional costs, and the average disabled adult costs an additional $21340 (Wilson, 2009). Therefore, allowing more disabled immigrants into Canada will have serious long-term repercussions on society and the disabled individual

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