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One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other
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October 08, 2009, 11:04 PM
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From a Canadian report on how immigration is good for small rural communities:
There is no cookie cutter model for success, but the report`s case studies illustrate strategies small communities can capitalize on:

WINKLER

Winkler, where a quarter of the 9,106 residents are immigrants, used its Mennonite roots to attract Mennonite families from Europe and South and Central America. The strong community support triggered a "chain migration" that made it one of the fastest-growing rural communities.

BROOKS

Brooks, with 17.6 per cent of its 12,495 residents being newcomers, was helped by its key employer, Lakeside Packers, a meat processing and packing plant. The company needed 2,000 employees and worked with Calgary Catholic Immigration Society to bring in recruits from Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia. [Immigration reviving some small towns - thestar.com,By Nicholas Keung, October 6, 2009 ]

Let`s say  for the sake of argument that it`s not the racial differences between the white Mennonites and the Sudanese, et cetera, although that`s a big, important difference. (Which, under Canadian law, you`re not supposed to object to. ) Or that it`s not  the religious difference between the Christian Anabaptist Mennonites, who do not practice female genital mutilation and polygamy, and the Muslim Africans who do. (Which, under Canadian law, etc. )

It`s not even the cultural difference between the excessively  pacifist Mennonites,  unpopular in First World War America because they didn`t want to fight the Kaiser, and the refugees from war-torn Africa. (If you see a Mennonite with a machete and a crowbar in the main street of your town, you can be pretty confident that he`s on the way to fix a buggy.)

No, the mentionable difference between one situation and the other is that the first is a normal, problematical,  process of immigrants telling their friends and relatives to come join them, and  the second is a multinational corporation importing 2,000 indentured laborers from  poor, third world countries where they`ve never heard of labor unions. You would think that that sort of thing would be something a Canadian reporter could figure out. Lakeside Packers is actually based in America—it`s a subsidiary of Tyson Foods, and has done the same thing in America.