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As Canada draws increasing numbers of immigrants from the Global South, particularly Africa, a recent report says there is little evidence Canadian policy makers have seriously considered the possible negative consequences of this trend on developing countries.

The report, co-authored by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Southern African Migration Programme (SAMP), argues that a lack of coherence between Canadian immigration and development policy has prevented diasporas in Canada from tapping their full potential to contribute to the development of their home countries.

“You can have immigration policy purely focused on your own national interests or you can have a policy...

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