by Jan Raska, PhD, Historian
In the summer of 1955, the Canadian government took the “bold step” of admitting displaced Palestinian refugees from the Arab-Israeli war of 1948. The government approved the resettlement of 100 skilled workers and their families. Canadian officials believed that alleviating the refugee problem in the Middle East would help in furthering regional stability. Although the resettlement scheme was politically sensitive, it served as an important “experiment” for the future selection and resettlement of non-European refugees.
Intrigued? Read Jan Raska’s article, Forgotten Experiment: Canada’s Resettlement of Palestinian Refugees, 1955-1956, published in the journal Histoire sociale/Social history.