Jewish Immigration to Canada Decreased; 2, 840 Admitted Last Year

Data on Jewish immigration to Canada in 1958, based on statistics compiled by the Department of Citizenship and Immigration, was made public here today by the Canadian Jewish Congress.

The number of Jewish immigrants admitted to Canada during the calendar year 1958 from overseas was 2, 290, a decrease of 58. 2 percent below the number in 1957, but larger than in any of the years 1954, 1955 or 1956. The number of Jewish immigrants admitted to Canada from the U.S.A. in 1958 is estimated to be 550, so that the total number of Jewish immigrants admitted to Canada from all countries in 1958 was 2, 840.

The total number of immigrants of all origins admitted to Canada during the calendar year 1958 was 124, 851, a decrease of 55. 7 percent below the number in 1957.

The number of Jewish immigrants admitted to Canada in 1958 who reported Israel as their last country of previous residence was 543, as compared with 454 in 1957; 292 in 1956; 214 in 1955; and 344 in 1954. The number of Jewish immigrants from Israel admitted to Canada in 1958 was exceeded only in the years 1951, 1952 and 1953.

Jews form the 12th largest ethnic group among immigrants admitted to Canada in the calendar year 1958, and were exceeded in number of immigrants of Italian, English, German, Dutch, Scottish, Irish, Polish, Hungarian, Chinese and French origin, in the order given.

The total number of Jewish immigrants admitted to Canada in the 13 calendar years from 1956 to 1958 inclusive was 54, 381 and formed three percent of the total number of immigrants of all origins admitted to Canada during that period.

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