38,900 Jewish Immigrants Admitted to Canada During Last Ten Years

Approximately 38,900 Jewish immigrants came to Canada during the 10-year period 1951-1961, according to figures disclosed here today by the Canadian Jewish Congress. Of the total, the data showed, 32,526 came from overseas, while 6,434 Jews immigrated into Canada from the United States. In 1961, the number of Jewish immigrants who came to Canada via ocean ports was 1,510.

The Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Canada said today it had submitted to the Quebec Royal Commission on Education a series of recommendations on citizen education with particular reference to the needs of new immigrants.

Dr. Joseph Kage, executive director of the JIAS, said that a major recommendation was that the aim of citizenship education should be development of understanding and acceptance of Canada as a political unit where the concept of “unity in diversity” arose naturally from the fact that Canada “is not a melting pot. Every origin group in Canada is a minority group some where in Canada.”

The JIAS also recommended a program of language and citizenship instruction under government auspices, for immigrants, spread over a four-year period, with periodical examinations to test progress.

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