There’s a post on Canada’s immigration policy at Law & Liberty by Grant Havers you might be interested. Here are some highlights:
The new system assigned scores based on the following criteria:
- education and training
- personal character
- occupational demand
- occupational skill
- pre-arranged employment
- knowledge of English or French
- the presence of a relative in Canada
If potential immigrants demonstrated that they could benefit Canada’s economy, they would receive a high score and be accepted. They could also sponsor immediate family members in the bargain, although distant relatives would still have to undergo the points-system assessment. (In 1976, this restriction was lifted, based on the proviso that immigrants who sponsored distant relatives would provide financial care for them for up to 10 years.)
That’s similar to the systems that prevail in Australia and New Zealand. If you’ve visited any of them you can testify that they’re not exactly racist hellholes.
Given our persistent low demand for low-skilled workers, evinced by persistent low wages, it’s long past the time we should be considering following their lead.