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Austrian Immigration to Canada: Selected Essays by Frank Szabo

By Frank Szabo

This number of 9 essays originated in a symposium on Austrian immigration to Canada held at Carleton college in may well 1995. Held along with the bigger Austrian immigration to Canada study venture, initiated to mark the Austrian millennium in 1996, the convention introduced jointly ecu and Canadian students from numerous disciplines. the entire diversity of immigrant and refugee event in Canada is addressed: tradition, politics, demographics, identification, language, reminiscence, hassle and success.

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Repeatedly, later editions give figures for earlier years without explanation for the changes. 37. Figures from Wilhelm Moenckmeier, Die deutsche ueberseeische Auswanderung (Jena, 1912), pp. 192-93, 206-08; Friedrich Burgdoerfer, "Die Wanderungen ueber die deutschen Reichsgrenzen im letzten Jahrhundert," Allgemeines Statistisches Archiv, 20 (1930), 161-96, 383-419, 537-51. 38. In 1926 the collection of data was expanded to include immigrant arrivals by mother tongue (to 1946), by racial (later: ethnic) origin (to 1966) and by country of birth (to 1970).

125, Centre for Urban and Community Studies, University of Toronto, 1981), p. 46. 43. Neil Bissoondath, Selling Illusions. The CultofMulticulturalism in Canada (Markham ON, 1994). 44. Raymond Breton, "Institutional Completeness of Ethnic Communities and the Personal Relations of Immigrants," American Journal of Sociology 70 (1964), 193-205. 45. Announcement of Implementation of the Policy of Multiculturalism within a Bilingual Framework. Canada. Parliament. House of Commons. Debates, 8 Oct. 1971, pp.

Both, those who want to retain their Canadian culture in its present form, and those who cling to their past culture of origin, do so for equally valid reasons. Willingly or not, by living together they enter negotiating processes and develop new identities. Cultural retention is a slowdown of changes to permit both a withering of older identities without psychological damage and the development of new identities without demands for unconditional surrender. New cultures need as much respect as those who are already established expect for their ways from the newcomers.

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