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October 1994, Volume 1, Number 9

Immigration and Welfare in Canada

Ontario has 40 percent of Canada's 29 million people, but 50 percent of Canada's welfare recipients and costs. Most of the welfare recipients are Canadians, but there several immigration smuggling-welfare rings have recently been uncovered, including one that charged $18,000 to $20,000 for each alien smuggled to Canada, and then collected half of the welfare payments received. Half of the 28,000 refugees in Ontario are on welfare, including Somali warlord Adid's second wife.

It has been alleged that some sponsors of family unification immigrants take two or three jobs to prove that they can cover the costs of the immigrants they seek to bring into Canada, but then lose their jobs or renege on their sponsorship agreements. There are reportedly 16,000 cases in which Canadian sponsors of immigrants have reneged on their sponsorship agreements.

A Gallup Poll conducted in Canada in August found that 35 percent of Canadians feel that refugees use more than their share of health and social services, and that only 46 percent feel that refugees are interested in giving something back to Canada. Forty-seven percent feel that accepting Southeast Asians more than a decade ago has cost taxpayers too much money.

However, a study of Southeast Asians admitted between 1979 and 1981 by the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry and the University of Toronto found that only eight percent of the refugees from Vietnam, China, Laos and Cambodia were unemployed in 1991, when unemployment in Canada was 10.3 percent. One in five former refugees has started a business, often employing Canadians.

W. Bilal Syeed, "Welcome to Ontario, Welfare Heaven," Wall Street Journal, September 9, 1994, A15. Moira Farrow, "Vietnamese Found to be 'Hard Working,'" Vancouver Sun, September 27, 1994. Moira Farrow, "Paper denied access to Somali fraud reports," Vancouver Sun, September 6, 1994.