Portuguese in Canada: Diasporas & Adopted Nations
34 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009 Last revised: 22 Sep 2009
Date Written: 2009
The purpose of this paper is to analyze social and political integration within Canada by Portuguese-Canadians. I will be doing this through an analysis of Portuguese immigrant literature as well as an examination of several studies done on the Portuguese-Canadian community in order to determine how the community is integrating within the larger Canadian community. First, I will provide a brief overview of the demographics of Portuguese-Canadians; this will act as a background for the remainder of the paper. Secondly, I will analyze several pieces of Portuguese immigration literature in an attempt to determine the traditional ‘immigrant experience’ for Portuguese coming to North America. Thirdly, I will analyze data on the rates of social integration by Portuguese-Canadians as it relates to themes expressed in the literature. It is postulated that Portuguese-Canadians are ‘pocketing’; both geographically and psychologically, this dissuades them from integrating within the larger social community in Canada. There are several issues surrounding this claim that will be analyzed and addressed herein. Further, if these claims are true, then there are ramifications for both the Portuguese community and the Canadian community in general. It should be noted that this paper focuses on the Azorean-Portuguese due mainly to the fact that they comprise a majority of Portuguese immigrants in Canada.
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