Immigration has always proven a useful tool in enhancing a country’s strengths in every way. The US and Canada have hugely benefitted from the growth of privileged lifestyles that they have accrued through the influx of hard-working and committed immigrants.
Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau had stated that Canada will welcome all and any reject deemed unacceptable by America. A huge number of these illegal immigrants are economic refugees, in other words, they are people looking for better economic opportunities or greener pastures. You will know by looking at the caliber of the thousands of people trying to immigrate legally and illegally.
A proof that Canada is welcoming these “unacceptable” immigrants is that for fear of being deported from the USA under the new American immigration policy, they simply board a taxi to the Canadian border where they are welcomed, processed and given a free place to live along with an overabundance of benefits.
Marco Mendicino, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, in his first major policy speech given on February 28, 2020, stated that the question regarding allowing immigrants into the country is no longer a should, but how many would be required. He stated that the country is in need of immigrants as the future of the country is critical to the influx of skilled workers to bolster the economic prosperity of the country.
Let us take a look at the numbers from years back. According to Statista, in 2003, an estimated 199,170 immigrants moved to Canada. That paled in number compared to the about 323,190 that moved into the country in 2003. From 2017 to 2019, over 400 000 immigrants were admitted into the country.
As the number of immigrants has been increasing over the years, some surveyed half of Canadians are of the notion that there were too many immigrants in the country. Regardless of this, the Canadian government announced its objective in that regard, which is to significantly increase the number of permanent residents to Canada – a step taken to combat the effect of an aging workforce and the waning of working-age adults.
Mendicino, having observed that immigration is necessary due to the demographic realities that have dawned on the country and accepted that as a country, Canada is aging with a birth rate very much on the low. As a result of this citizens are living a longer life and they are not having enough children to maintain the size of its population, therefore, bringing in immigrants is not considered a step against the economy of the country.
Aside from the reason presented above, there are some other reasons of which to take note. One of them is that Canada is one of the most literate countries in the world. As such, the citizens are becoming more educated and are more demanding as the years go on. An average educated Canadian would not want to engage in occupations such as bricklaying, plumbing, roofing, and caring for aged people. It is the immigrants that are willing and ready to take up these jobs.
Another reason is that highly skilled and talented migrants such as Engineers, Doctors, Nurses, Neurosurgeons, and IT professionals are a great benefit to Canada. Who would not want such people?
Moving to the education sector, international students contribute immensely to the economy of the country as these students contribute billions of Canadian dollars to the economy every year.
The Canadian government has concluded and decided that a reasonable intake to compensate for Canada’s low birthrate is just over 300,000 yearly. That is the number of new immigrants that the country can integrate over a year, given the current state of housing and employment. This will serve as the adopted quota under the current three-year immigration plan.
Since part of the goal is to correct a demographic imbalance, the ideal immigrant will have one or more of these features:
- Should be under 35 years old
- have a good to outstanding formal education,
- have a profession and/or skilled trade,
- possess relevant work experience, and
- fluent in English or French. Fluency in both gives one an edge.
Such candidates would earn extra points if such possess Canadian work experience, already have a relative or relatives in Canada, and/or studied in Canada. These factors have been shown to improve the odds of successful migration and integration in Canada.
Even though it would seem the immigration benefits the immigrants, it actually was designed to benefit Canada more as the scheme provides more skilled people for industry expansion and bolstering the economic means to back, increase, and stabilize Canada’s social programs. With this kind of arrangement, there is no loser. Current residents, Canadians-in-training (PR), new immigrants, and Canada as a country are all winners.
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