Canadians Abroad: Policy Challenges for Canada
Published: November 15, 2009 in Research Reports (22 pages)
Canada is a nation of immigrants. Little is known, however, about nearly 2.8 million Canadians living abroad. This paper explores Canada’s substantial policy gap between the treatment of Canadians at home and citizens abroad. Based on survey data, the paper also finds out that the Canadian overseas community feels strongly as “Canadian” and want to be connected to Canada. In addition, most Canadians at home consider the large community of Canadians living abroad as an asset rather than a liability for Canada. The paper finally concludes with seven major policy challenges for Canada, and calls for cultivating the Canadian diaspora as a long-term asset.