"It's Our Patriotic Duty to Help Them': the Socio-Cultural and Economic Impact of the 'Solidarity wave' on Canadian and Polish-Canadian Society in the Early 1980s

Michal Mlynarz

Abstract


This paper examines the economic, social, and cultural impact made on Canadian and Polish-Canadian society as a result of the mass influx of refugees from the People’s Republic of Poland to Canada in the early to mid 1980s. Although a brief overview and examination of Polish immigration history to Canada over the last few centuries is provided, the paper focuses upon the significant effect caused by the arrival of a new wave of Polish immigrants, largely consisting of highly educated and politically vocal individuals, into the country.

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