Introducing the Concept of “Middle Stock” into the Canadian Immigration Discourse


Both sets of my grandparents immigrated to Canada in the late 1940s, after World War II destroyed much of central Italy. The concept I am introducing of “Middle Stock” is meant to distinguish and provide much needed nuance to those European immigrants who came before the 1967 change to the immigration policy, like my grandparents, whose descendants do not necessarily feel themselves to be either “Old Stock,” representing the founding nations of the English and French, nor as being represented or belonging to the mostly non-European “New Stock” who arrived mostly after the change in the nation’s immigration system.

This group of Middle Stock corresponds to Novak’s notion of PIGS, an acronym for Polish, Italian, Greeks, and Slavs, with the Irish as somewhere in-between. The idea of labeling this vast group of heterogeneous European immigrants, as Middle Stock may include a kind of psychological dimension — “Middle Stock Syndrome” — recalling the notion of “middle child syndrome” developed by Jewish psychologist Alfred Adler.

An interesting and well written article. If it’s too long, at least read the end – it’s quite enlightening.