CANADA: Immigration Slowdown

Canada has everything in the world—except enough people. Since World War II, the country has welcomed nearly 1,200,000 immigrants, but the combination of Western Europe's economic comeback and a sharp rise in Canada's own unemployment cut down the flow this year. Last week the government reported that immigration was off 38%.

In Britain, Germany and The Netherlands, higher wages and improved living conditions are now providing a strong inducement for workers to stay at home. In France and Switzerland the governments forbade immigration agents to advertise or hold public meetings to make their pitch. Hard-luck stories from recent emigrants had...

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