The Dutch immigrants in Canada were distinguished by high ambitions in their career. Almost all arrived with their relatives, only seldom in larger groups, although the religious affiliation was rather high among them. New Canadians were not expected to lose their cultural identity; they had to integrate, not assimilate.
Availability of land, level of production and consumption, land-ownership and credit facilities were all favourable. By interviewing some Dutch settlers the financial results of the first years of residence in Canada could be studied. Also the Settlement Service (a governmental institute) could supply information on the success of the Dutch immigrants. After four years about half of them were already independent farmers. Integration in Canadian society was successful; hardly anyone wished to be repatriated.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||22 Jul 1952|
|Place of Publication||Wageningen|
|Publication status||Published - 1952|
- social sciences