Britain, The Netherlands and Denmark Propose Major Immigration Reforms


The Canadian government should take note of some important immigration changes that have recently occurred in Britain, The Netherlands and Denmark. In particular, it should use these changes to make much-needed immigration reforms in Canada, says Immigration Watch Canada, a national immigration reform organization.

An Associated Press report states that new British rules would mean that only skilled workers who speak English would be allowed to settle in Britain permanently. Those having sought-after skills, such as doctors and engineers, would be favoured.

Home Secretary Charles Clarke also said the government would fingerprint all foreigners applying for visas to stop them from remaining in Britain once their permits expire. The measures are part of a British drive to stop “those trying to abuse British hospitality and place a burden on British society”. The measures are also part of a Europe-wide drive to attack illegal immigration.

“As a result of recent changes in Chinese regulations, Canada may soon receive about 250,000 visa tourists annually from China. Industry Minister David Emerson may see this as a positive thing. But unless Canada keeps a record of this inflow by using fingerprinting or some other technique, Canada could end up with tens of thousands of illegals,” says Dan Murray of Immigration Watch Canada.

“There are already possibly hundreds of thousands of illegals here. They operate in a tax-free economy, take employment from Canadians, and use services that Canadians pay for. Our government should have a much better handle on this situation, but it doesn't. It should also have some clear tools to deal with it. At present, the situation is out of control. It could easily be much, much worse in the near future.”

A different report in Britain's “Daily Telegraph” says that the Dutch government is proposing that people applying to live in The Netherlands take an examination to prove that they understand the language and culture. The test will require 350 hours of study and cost $580 Cdn.

The report says that these measures are “the latest sign of the growing hard line on immigration” in The Netherlands. “Murders and death threats from Muslim extremists have been matched by rising assaults on immigrants and arson attacks on mosques.”

The same report says there are now nearly a million Muslims in The Netherlands, or six per cent of the population.

In a third report, the BBC stated today (Tuesday, Feb. 8) that the Danish coalition government of Anders Rasmussen had been re-elected. A significant reason for their victory was their promise of substantial immigration reform.

“The Government of Canada should receive a clear message from these three situations. It is that there are legitimate reasons for opposition to immigration just as there are to opposition to any issue. In particular, there are legitimate reasons for opposing current Canadian immigration policies.

“The Government of Canada has always implied that it is blasphemous to do so. Like large numbers of people in Britain, The Netherlands and Denmark, a large number of Canadians do not support the immigration/refugee status quo. Yet, the Government of Canada continues to pretend that Canadians do.

“There are irrefutable environmental, economic and cultural reasons for speaking up against Canada's immigration policies. Our government and all those supporters of their immigration policies should try to experience one moment of clarity and dignity. They have to take a good look at what is happening,” says Dan Murray of Immigration Watch Canada.

“What has happened in Canada is much worse than what has happened in Britain, The Netherlands and Denmark. Canada has no need of the roughly 250,000 people it has been accepting every year for the last 15 years. This flood has culturally overwhelmed many places, it has been economically unnecessary, and it has degraded the environments of the three major immigrant-receiving areas. Canada can take some immigration, but really only a fraction of what we are taking now. Continuing to bring in around 250,000 per year is a significant negative for all Canadians.”