Series Volumes 1324-1388; 2334; 2340; 2356; 2378-2383; 3403-3412; 3417:7. - Immigration Movement II Files

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Immigration Movement II Files

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CA MHCA Volume 1163-1398; 2332-2348; 2352-2383; 3391-3412; 3417-Volumes 1324-1388; 2334; 2340; 2356; 2378-2383; 3403-3412; 3417:7.

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  • 1947-1964 (Creation)

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7.2 m of textual records

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The files in this series contain correspondence regarding credit arrangements with the CPR. The volume of this correspondence is considerably less than it was for the previous migration because the nature of the credit arrangements was very different; hence serious repayment problems were avoided.

Included in these files is extensive correspondence related to immigration concerns. In many cases there were eligibility problems with individuals who wanted to emigrate to Canada from Germany. These people were, by and large, Mennonite refugees from Russia who had made it to Germany during the war. In many cases they had served in the German forces and this caused problems. There were also cases where people did not meet the health standards required for immigration to Canada. Some correspondence pertains to this problem Many of these people went to Paraguay or Brazil instead and later attempted to emigrate to Canada.

Further material in this series relates to the settlement of these refugees in Canada and to the efforts made to find employment for them. In this connection there are files of correspondence with the Manitoba Sugar Company, the Canadian Welfare Council, etc.

In addition these records include many files of correspondence with immigrants, potential immigrants, and immigrant and refugee organizations. A considerable amount of correspondence concerns assistance to Mennonite refugees in Latin America and people's requests for information regarding the whereabouts of their relatives in Germany. Finally these files also contain material regarding relief aid to Mennonites living in the Soviet Union.

These records are very useful for studying Canadian immigration policy in the recent past. This sub-series is also useful for understanding how Canadian Mennonite relief and immigration work led to the formation of a MCC (Canada).

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