They represent the single largest contiguous movement of migration to Canada, specifically through Pier A provision existed in the Immigration Act that allowed for the admission to Canada of bona fide agriculturalists who had sufficient means to commence farming in Canada. However, immigration remained prohibitive as Order-in-Council P. However Canadian immigration regulations also barred most European political refugees — individuals who fled fascist or communist totalitarian regimes in their homelands since the beginning of the war — from entering Canada in the first two years after the war. Six months later, the first Canadian servicemen discharged on medical grounds returned to Canada; they had married while serving in Britain, bringing this pressing issue to Canadian shores. The problems were divided into four points: a finding satisfactory accommodation upon their arrival; b the necessity of adequate assistance should they arrive before their husbands; c possible marital discord, which would cause these dependents to become a public charge; and d dependents who were physically, mentally, or morally unfit. Military officials did not want to weaken regulations which forced servicemen to acquire permission to marry and then be placed under review. In August , Order-in-Council P. According to the Department of National Defence DND , approximately 48, marriages with 22, childbirths were known to have occurred between and
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Mauretania being pulled by tug out of Liverpool berth, February 5, Library and Archives Canada PA The term "war bride" refers to the estimated 48, young women who met and married Canadian servicemen during the Second World War. These war brides were mostly from Britain, but a few thousand were also from other areas of Europe: the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy and Germany. War brides also came to Canada after the First World War. The official Government of Canada history of the First World War reports that an estimated 54, relatives accompanied the returning troops following demobilization.
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