JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Whys and wherefores of Jewish immigration to Canada #general

Barbara Siegel <bsiegel@...>

Dear Jewishgenners,
I am looking for information re Jewish immigration patterns >from Europe to
Canada, especially during the second half of the 19th century. I am
assuming that the major waves of Jewish immigration to Canada took place
after the first World War as a result of the restricted quotas on entrance
to the U.S. What were the circumstances that resulted in earlier Jewish
immigration to Canada as opposed to the U.S., the destination chosen by the
majority of Jews >from Eastern Europe?

I am not referring to the use of Canada as a transit point on the way to the
U.S., but to those who remained permanently in Canada. I have been told that
there were restrictions on entry to the U.S. prior to 1900, but I am not
sure that this is correct. Could someone please enlighten me on this point.
Also, I am very interested in reading accounts of the Jewish immigration
experience in Canada, and would appreciate some suggestions.

Thanks to all who can enlighten me on this subject.
Barbara Siegel

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