Thursday night (25 August) canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau announced that his country would accept some of the Asians expelled from Uganda.
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CU Councillor Marriott, Chairman of Leicester Society Services speaks.
BISSONETTE: This is the whole basis of our system, it moans that when someone applies we have, in fact, nine or ten categories or points then you assess people on each category of points. Now, what I would like to see on that is that there is no points given for the ethnic origin. That was the whole purpose of the point. Points concern things like education, occupational demand in Canada, occupational skill of the applicant concerned, the age, whether he's arranged any employment in Canada or not, his knowledge of official languages of Canada, so on and so forth. These are the sort of points we have.
REPORTER: Do you have any idea how these Asians will fit into Canadian life?
BISSONETTE: Well, this will be the whole purpose of the mission going down there. What I can say on that, on the basis of past performance, is that...why not? Since 1961 there were something like 40,000 Asians coming to Canada and I'm going back from there, as I far as I know, it's doing well.
MARRIOTT: Well, we couldn't take families in this accommodation. We could only take men, we can't take women...we can only take men in this area.
REPORTER: Now, this building is fairly old and its pretty operation. Do you think its suitable accommodation for this type of immigrant?
REPORTER: Can you think of any alternative?
MARRIOTT: No...we could possibly have twenty in the part for homeless families. But, if we took twenty, we couldn't take twenty families...we could only take twenty all together.
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Background: Thursday night (25 August) canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau announced that his country would accept some of the Asians expelled from Uganda.
On Friday the Canadian High commissioner in London. Mr Andre Bissonette explained that the Asians would be admitted to Canada under the current points system. Immigration officers use the points system to assess on applicants work, skills, education and other vital points.
While Canada has announced its willingness to accept some of the expelled Asians some cities in Britain have made it clear that they will accept none of the immigrants. One family has already reached Leicester from Uganda and the city council says it is the last family they can cope with.
Canada's agreement to accept some expelled Uganda Asians was warmly received in London. But many British cities oppose the influx. An official of Loicester explains why no more Asians can be admitted to her city...The Canadian Deputy High Commissioner explained Friday how the Asians would be screened.