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New Canadian Government Introduces Severe Immigration Restrictions

The immigration policy of the former Liberal Canadian government was compared here today with the policy of the newly elected Conservative government, and the results of the analysis gave reason to believe that immigration to Canada will from now on be severely restricted.

In May 1947 the Liberal government under the late McKenzie King virtually opened the doors of Canada to immigrants as they had not been open for a quarter of a century. In July 1957 the newly elected Conservative government announced an amending policy which virtually means a cessation of immigration, at least for a time.

A closer examination of the exact categories of immigration affected holds out the hope that, as far as Jewish immigrants are concerned, the cut back may not be absolute. The joinder of families — that is permission for relatives of Canadian residents to enter the country — will probably be continued, although there may be longer delays than in the past. The entry of Hungarian refugees will be cut down, and the possibilities of immigration from North Africa are lessened.

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