Survey Finds Immigrants to Canada Feel True Patriot Love
Most Canadians feel a sense of belonging to our country, but for immigrants a recent survey finds that the connection is really strong. Statistics Canada recently published survey results showing some interesting and, frankly, moving findings.
- Canadian First – Immigrants identify with our country, rather than the province. They don’t say, “I’m an Albertan,” but “I’m a Canadian.” 63% said they had a very strong sense of belonging to Canada.
- Older Canadians More Connected – People aged 75 and older have a stronger sense of belonging to Canada. Seniors vote more and have been through more, such as war, than younger generations. Having come through hard times cements patriotism and unites our sense of belonging. Older immigrants put a greater value on their new country, having migrated from harsher times and places. Among seniors aged 65 to 74, 80% of immigrants expressed a very strong sense of belonging to Canada. A lot of those immigrants who came to Canada in the 19405 through the 1960s came from communist or fascist regimes. They are Canadians who value the fundamental rights of Canada more than others–multiculturalism, the right to vote, and human rights.
- Multiculturalism counts – the provinces with the most diversity had a greater sense of belonging to Canada.
- New Canadians are Proud – Immigrant were more likely than non-immigrants to hav a very strong sense of belonging to Canada. The citizenship test lays the foundation of patriotism, says Robert Kennedy, an associate professor of sociology at York University. “Immigrants don’t take the country and what it offers for granted.” People who came here before 2000 were more likely to express a strong sense of belonging to Canada than to their country of origin. Those who immigrated after 2000 felt a strong sense of belonging to both their home and adopted countries. The more time spent rearing a family and building a new home, the greater your connection to the country.
Source: Sadaf Ahsan, “Survey Finds Canadaians Feel True Patriot Love,” Calgary Herald, 9 July 2015, A15.
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