Montreal and the integration of immigrants

Montréal and the integration of immigrants


Despite the slippages and disagreements in the campaign on the theme of immigration, all parties agree on the general idea of ​​linguistic integration. As much as possible, newcomers should live in French.

If we care about the future of Quebec in French, the math is simple. We welcome many newcomers each year, many of whom do not speak French on the day of their welcome. It's simple, if a majority of them integrate into English, French will continue to regress.

One thing is never clearly said: the problem of Montreal as a melting pot for bring immigrants to adopt French. The figures are convincing: French is declining in mainland France. In a growing number of neighborhoods, French is no longer really the language of use in the street.  

Linguistic integration is largely conditioned by the language that will be spoken around you when you arrive. This idea seems so well understood that most parties suggest strategies for regionalizing immigration. The newcomer who settles in Amos or Roberval will have no choice but to learn French.  

  • Listen to the meeting Dutrizac–Dumont broadcast live daily at 7 a.m. via QUB radio:

The illusion

I am resolutely in favor of this idea of ​​regionalizing immigration. However, it must be realized that this idea throws dust in the eyes to make people believe that the problem of francization is solved. 

Currently, approximately 80% of immigrants settle in Montreal. With an excellent strategy and colossal efforts, we could double the proportion going to the regions, increasing it from 20 to 40%. This would already be a great achievement and it will take a few years to develop the strategy and get there.  

The majority will still end up in the metropolis, as is the natural tendency in all countries of the world. Even for those who settle in the region, it will not be possible to imprison them there. In the past, immigration experiences in the region have often been short-lived. After a few months, the principals concerned discovered that members of their community were found in greater numbers in the urban centers and were going to join them. Which will always be allowed in a free country.

In summary, despite all the efforts and promises, it is in Montreal that most immigrants will be welcomed in the next mandate. However, in Montreal, depending on the neighborhood where they end up, the immigrant could be subjected to relatively little French.

  • Listen to the news brief with Mario Dumont broadcast live daily at 4:30 p.m. via QUB radio:

I'm trying to position myself in the shoes of the newcomer. You leave your home and change your life. You arrive on an English-speaking continent, you arrive in an English-speaking country. You have probably been warned of this peculiarity: be careful, in Quebec, we speak French.

You get off the plane. From the airport, things happen largely in English. You do your first shopping in town. Everything can be done in English. For days you won't need French. Meanwhile, on TV, politicians are saying that learning French is very important… 

Sorry, but francization in Montreal is perilous.

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