Forgotten Experiment: Canada’s Resettlement of Palestinian Refugees, 1955-1956

by Jan Raska PhD, Researcher

In the summer of 1955, the Canadian government took the “bold step” of admitting displaced Palestinian refugees from the Arab-Israeli war of 1948. The government approved the resettlement of 100 skilled workers and their families. Canadian officials believed that alleviating the refugee problem in the Middle East would help in furthering regional stability. The resettlement scheme remained a politically sensitive issue as Arab governments protested against what they perceived as a Zionist plot to remove Palestinians from their ancestral land. For Canada, the admission of Palestinian refugees in 1956 served as an important “experiment” for the future selection and resettlement of non-European refugees.

Intrigued? Read Jan Raska’s article, Forgotten Experiment: Canada’s Resettlement of Palestinian Refugees, 1955-1956, published in the journal Histoire sociale/Social history.