Since the 1990s, Canada’s Francophone Minority Communities (FMCs) have become increasingly involved in francophone immigration governance, which has coincided with the wider neoliberalization of immigration in Canada. The article analyses the implications of the growing influence of a neoliberal immigration policy and the narrative of an ‘ideal’ immigrant on Canada’s FMCs by focussing on New Brunswick, Canada’s only constitutionally bilingual province, and its francophone Acadian community. Based on three sources: semi-structured interviews, debates in the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, and official and archival documents, the article argues that francophone and Acadian organizations have adopted the federal perspective to immigration, placing greater emphasis on economic integration and creating a bilingual workforce. Changes in the type of immigrant selected and role of the community in the lives of francophone immigrants creates new challenges for minority language communities that define and identify themselves through language use and belonging.
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- Community v Commodity Approach in Canadas FMCs FINAL.CSNtoCUP 18 September
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