October 3, 2016
Study Finds Canada Now More in Favour of Assimilation Than United States
According to a recent poll conducted by the Angus Reid Institute in partnership with CBC, 68% of Canadian respondents now feel that “minorities should do more to fit in with mainstream society” compared to only 53% of our American counterparts. This represents what appears to be Canada’s hardening attitude away from multiculturalism over time. A similar poll conducted in 1993 indicated that only 57% of the Canadian respondents at that time felt that minority groups should “try to change to be more like most Canadians.”
The poll also found that preference towards assimilation of minorities tends to increase with age as well as length of time spent living in Canada. 53% of Canadians between the ages of 18 to 34 feel that “we should encourage cultural diversity with different groups keeping their own customs and languages;” compared to only 31% of those aged 35 to 54, and a mere 17% of those aged 55+ agreeing with this sentiment.
Fortunately, Canada’s hardening attitude towards multiculturalism does not appear to be affecting how welcome newcomers to Canada feel. 83% of immigrants who have been in Canada for less than 10 years feel welcome as a part of the community they live in. In addition, in spite of the growing preference towards assimilation, 67% of Canadians indicated that they were satisfied with how well new immigrants were integrating into their communities.
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