Nowhere at Home: Gender, Race and the Making of Anti-immigrant Discourse in Canada

  • Cynthia Wright Institute for Women's Studies and Gender Studies, University of Toronto.


This paper - part of a larger project - traces some identifiable and gendered shifts in anti-immigrant/refugee discourses in Europe, theUnited States and Canada during the 1990s. My case study of Toronto, Ontario - in particular, recent racist portrayals of Somali refugeewomen as welfare cheats and efforts by anti-racist groups to articulate counter narratives of immigrant rights - suggests, respectively,critical links with racist constructions of California, especially immigrant Los Angeles, and the need to develop longer-term anti-raciststrategies.