The Flow of Labour and Goods in Canada’s International Migration System: 1986-1996

Ann H. Kim


This paper reviews the theoretical and empirical implications of multiple
linkages between countries for migration flows to Canada, from 1986 to 1996.
The findings reveal that for a given year, social networks and export trade were the two key factors that determined the variation of in-migration flows across source countries. The examination of change in the migration system showed that changes in migration flows were more likely to be explained by changes in the level of development in origin countries and in the size of immigrant communities in the host country than by changes in the value of economic trade.

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