It ranged from economic recessions, depressions, unemployment and lack of opportunity.
Some experienced the ravages of World War II. They told horrific circumstances of parents and how it was seen through the eyes of young children.
In all cases immigration seemed like a solution to the problems with a hope for a new and better life in Canada.
In the many years that have elapsed, economic conditions have improved vastly and people are doing very well in the above mentioned countries.