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The manner in which Canada's population has tended to concentrate in metropolitan areas is analysed by Kasahara, who shows that one-half of the population growth in these areas between 1951 and 1961 was due to the excess of in-migration over out-migration. Evidently, metropolitan centres are particularly attractive to immigrants. Of the 1951-61 immigrants, approximately 74 per cent became residents of metropolitan areas. Introduction 21 An important element in the absorption of immigrants is the network of interpersonal relationships in which they are involved.

To put it another way, they difIer both in the manner and in the degree to which they are oriented to the outside. Consequently Weber suggests that political structures fall between two poles. One pole he calls "self-contained" (autonomistisch), the other "expansionist". Weber immediately qualifies this distinction with the observation that a given political community can change from one of these modes to the other. Still, with regard to Canada we might now say that as a political community it is all at once the result of aseries of past successful and defeated expansions (on the part of Britain and France) and is now apower structure that seeks no new territory but is qualified in its self-containedness by obdurate economic dependences as weIl as by certain negative and positive sentiments.

GIencoe: Free Press, 1959), table 14-1, p. 352. S. g. g. Jnly 1951-June 1961) in columns 3-10. S. in 1931-41 of 123,000 Canadian-bom. S. intercensal period is 160,000. These balance over the entire period. Column 3 includes all those immigrating from Canada (including Newfoundland) as country of last permanent residence, and thus include foreign-bom as weil as native-born. A negative flgure as for 1911-21 and 1931-41 means a net inIlow back to Canada. § Negligible. S. S. S. 8A) Newfound- co1. Census co1.

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