Globalization and the economics of Africans' migration to Canada 1960-2000

Olumide Ekanade, Redeemer's University

Immigration has become a recurring decimal in the discourse of globalization and global political economy. Though contemporary migration has been fast tracked by the forces of globalization, globalization as a force has led to the continued peripheralization of the African continent, its people and its economy. The export of Africa’s skilled and unskilled manpower to Canada has not yielded the desired dividends. This paper argues that African migrants' presence in their host communities has continued to exert pressure on Canadian finance and infrastructure. The paper also interrogates the HIV pandemic allegation against Africans and perhaps how that has also impacted on Ontario’s funding for health issues and subsequent implications for immigration policy in Canada. The paper concludes that globalization in the context of African migrants has only served to benefit private capital and global international economy to the detriment of source countries, in this case Africa and the host country (Canada).

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Presented in Session 46: Consequences of international migration