Rusya camda siks

02 Feb

By the early 1960s, two-thirds of South Asian immigrant men were professionals — teachers, doctors, university professors and scientists.Canadian preferences for highly skilled immigrants during the 1960s broadened the ethnic range of South Asians and hence decreased the proportion of Sikhs.As racial and national restrictions were removed from the immigration regulations in the 1960s, South Asian immigration mushroomed.It also became much more culturally diverse; a large proportion of immigrants in the 1950s were the Sikh relatives of pioneer South Asian settlers, while the 1960s also saw sharp increases in immigration from other parts of India and from Pakistan.Virtually all of them remained in British Columbia.Seeing in them the same racial threat as it saw in Japanese Canadians and Chinese immigrants before them, the BC government quickly limited South Asian rights and privileges.

A third major world religion, Buddhism, is practised by most Sri Lankans, but large Hindu, Christian and Muslim religious minority groups exist among Sri Lankans as well.

Communities established outside South Asia are much more homogeneous, and in each community people have developed a unique identity and way of life that is distinct from any in South Asia.

The first South Asian migrants to Canada arrived in Vancouver in 1903.

By the Second World War, South Asians in British Columbia had gained much local support in their drive to secure the vote, especially from the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation.

In 1947, the British Columbia ban against voting, as well as other restrictions, were removed.