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New documentary looks at possible end of immigration in Canada

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Is Canada losing its reputation as a land for immigrants?

A new film explores the boom in temporary foreign workers expanding into many sectors of the Canadian economy. The one-hour TV documentary The End of Immigration? is being screened Monday at 7 p.m. the Ellice Theatre, 587 Ellice Ave., a Migrante Manitoba news release said.

The film uncovers a trend that’s having a major impact on the type of country in which we live, the release said. Canada relies increasingly on "rent-a-workers" rather than immigrants, a process that could spell the end of immigration as we know it, it said. Canada appears to taking its cue from places such as Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia, places that run on temporary foreign workers, it said.

Today, the number of temporary workers arriving each year in Canada far exceeds the number of immigrants arriving, the release said. By comparing the situation of these temporary workers with that of their own parents who arrived in Canada as unskilled workers in the last century, the filmmakers uncover a hidden world that's as close as the McDonald's on the corner, the release said.

Filmmaker Marie Boti will be at the screening for a Q & A session afterward.

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