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June 29, 2012. Charlene Hay
Research by the Centre for Race and Culture indicates that immigrants and non-white people (racialized) do not commit more crime than mainstream Canadians with similar life circumstances (Why So Many Somali-Canadians Who Go West End Up Dead – June 22).
Crime is higher for those who are unemployed, have low levels of education, come from single parent families, or live in poverty. These are all exacerbated by the discrimination that immigrant, refugee, and aboriginal people experience.
Why do racialized people consistently receive a lower quality of education, and have a more difficult time finding employment and income levels that are commensurate with their education and experience? We need to look to mainstream Canada’s individual attitudes and institutional behaviours to get the complete explanation.
Without immigrants, Canadians will face a shrinking economy. It is in all of our interests to work toward a harmonious, equitable society that values diversity.
Charlene Hay, Centre for Race and Culture, Edmonton
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