Why 1959 Is An Important Year For Refugee Status
Ellen Fairclough made the years 1959-1960 very special for Canada, and for many desperate refugees.
- She opened up Canada’s gates to a total of 6,912 refugees that year.
- 325 tubercular refugees and 501 people that were related to them were allowed to migrate into Canada.
- 1959 was eventually named World Refugee Year due to the vast amount of people that were helped and given a new home.
- Most of the refugees who arrived in Canada during this year came from European countries; Poland, Ukraine, and Yugoslavia.
One of her biggest accomplishments was virtually abolishing the “White Canada” immigration policy in such a short time.
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