International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Ethnic Identity and Psycho-Social Well-being among New Canadian Migrants
Kon K. Madut

This article provides an overview of the theoretical and policy background on Construction of ethnic identity, exclusion and social well-being among New Canadian migrants. The article searches for the historical patterns of immigration policies and ideologies determined who should and should not be admitted to Canada as preferred immigrants .This study begins with the era of racial classification and categorization and goes until the era of multiculturalism, employment equity, and affirmative action acts of 1986. The research demonstrates that past historical practices pertained to social exclusion of groups based on ethnic identity, have paved ways to discriminatory policies that continue to affected progress of racialized immigrants socially, psychologically and economically to the present time. The article will also evaluate what has changed in these immigration policies throughout the history of resettlement and integration of migrants in Canada.

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