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Immigration Restrictions on Refugees is Loss to Canada, Senator States

Senator Cairine R. Wilson of Ottawa, in an address to a service club here today said that rigid immigration restrictions imposed by the Department of Immigration in dealing with refugees from war-torn Europe had meant a loss to Canada and meant hardships for these people.

The influx of emigrants from Europe prior to the last war, she said, helped Canada a great deal in her war effort. But due to the curtailment of immigration prior to this war to a “mere trickle” Canada does not today benefit from the industry and skill of these people. Of the emigrants that have come to Canada, She said, “they have become a tremendous value to their adopted land.” She cited incidents of refugees from invaded countries bringing new industries to Canada and even diverting some of their facilities to the manufacture of tools of war.

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