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Polish Immigration to Canada

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Alexis Van Esch

on 19 March 2014

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Transcript of Polish Immigration to Canada

Polish Immigration to Canada
When were the Immigration waves?
Why did they immigrate to Canada?
In 1918 Poland got a new government. These people were unorganized and did not help Poland act as one. This brought havoc upon Poland. There was tension and uncertainty everywhere. Immigrants came from the most populated cities and moved to Canada. This brought the big rush in between World War 1 and World War 2.

People can to Canada for many different reasons. The main reason in that time was because people were scared. Their leaders were not making good plans and not helping the people. Canada was considered a land of opportunity, so many people went there.
How have the Polish changed Canada?
There a
re many ways that the Polish people affected Canadian
ociety. In the religious aspect they have changed it in one
main way.
There are now churches in Canada called Polish Catholic
There were parishes for these churches in certain/some
cities. Pa
rishes formed a structure for a new social life. So really,
sh Catholic churches helped form our community.

Polish people have taught Canadians how to embrace religions. By their different religions and customs, we have learned that everyone is different. Because people from Poland were unlike other cultures, they created diversity in Canada. All the types of diversity helped make laws against discrimination and rights for everyone to practice their own religion.
There were (and always will be) hardships for different groups. These people faced problems when getting here and now that they are here they will face more.
There were many immigration waves from Poland. They were from 1854-1901, 1902-1915, 1918-1939, 1944-1956, 1957-1979 and 1980-1993. During World War 1 hardly any polish people came to Canada. One of the biggest immigration waves was from the end of World War 1 (1919) to the start of World War 2 (1939). In between the wars, over 100 000 Polish people moved to Canada. The other big wave was from 1981 to 1993. There was a big economical, and political crisis in Poland, which caused around 119,000 people to move to Canada. 50% of which, settled in Ontario.

Question #2
In the first big wave (1919-1939) most people settled in the prairies. The polish people liked it there because there were Ukrainian farmers. Often these people were from neighbouring villages in Poland, so people liked them. Winnipeg had the largest Polish population until around 1944. After that, many people started coming to Ontario and other parts of Canada.
Where did they settle?
Back then that might have been, finding food and clothing, without a completely stable community in place. But now, it might just be simply fitting in.
There are no major current problems with Polish-Canadian people. Luckily the laws Canada has, of rights and freedoms, help everyone in our community cooperate and not judge people by their skin colour, accent or their religious belief. This helps everyone (not just Polish people) live in a better community.
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Thanks for watching!
By Jonah and Alexis
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