Finding Commonalities Amidst Increasing Differences in Canadian and U.S. Immigration Policies

  • Tamara M. WorobyEmail author
Part of the Canada and International Affairs book series (CIAF)


Although Canada and the United States share a many-centuries long tradition of receiving the world’s migrants, since the 1960s they have, in fact, moved along differing immigration policy paths. These differences have existed for a long time, but have become more obvious and pronounced since 2017, under the Trump administration. This paper compares immigration policy in the two countries, and finds the similarities to be few and the differences more numerous and substantive. As the United States moves towards clamping down on undocumented migration and, for the first time in decades, reducing legal immigration, Canada is accepting increasing numbers of refugees and raising annual immigrant admissions by over fifty percent. Finding common ground is likely to be more difficult than in the past. One commonality that exists, and is unlikely to diminish, is an increased concern about uncontrolled border crossings on each country’s southern border. Like it or not, Canadian policymakers will find themselves dealing with a number of repercussions as the result of the United States becoming less welcoming to foreigners.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International StudiesJohns Hopkins UniversityWashington, DCUSA
  2. 2.Towson UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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