Ever dreamt of living and working in Canada? Cheer up! Your dream might just come to reality. Here is some uplifting news for you. The Canadian government plans to open its walls to more than a million immigrants in the next three years.
The country’s immigration minister, Ahmed Hussen, in his 2018 annual report revealed plans to admit as many as 1,080,000 new permanent residents from 2019 to 2021, with the upper target for 2021 being 370,000.
This equates to 84,000 more people than the 286,000 who were given permanent residency status in 2017.
Introducing the report, Hussen, who originally came to Canada as a Somali refugee, said:
“Immigrants and their descendants have made immeasurable contributions to Canada, and our future success depends on continuing to ensure they are welcomed and well-integrated.”
According to Hussen’s report, one in five people living in Canada was born outside the country, while more than 6 million new immigrants have arrived since 1990.
The Canadian economy needs a population boost
Immigration is believed to be the key to strengthening the Canadian economy. The admittance of more young immigrants into the country will help tackle the challenges of an aging population.
The report says the worker-to-retiree ratio is predicted to reach 2-to-1 by 2036, compared to 4.2-to-1 in 2012.
Just under half (48%) of the highest target of admissions for 2021 will come under economic programs — to fill skills gaps in the labor market.
“Growing immigration levels, particularly in the Economic Class, will help us sustain our labour force, support economic growth and spur innovation,” the report said.
“With an ageing population and low fertility rates, immigration plays an important role in ensuring that Canada’s population and labour force continue to grow,” it added.
Canada is ranked 12th overall in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2018. The Country also scores a perfect 100 for macroeconomic stability, as well as top as the country with the most diverse workforce.
Canada runs an open policy for refuge seeking immigrants
Over half the immigrants admitted in 2017 came under Economic Class programs, while 44,000 were resettled refugees, protected persons, and people admitted under humanitarian, compassionate, and public-policy considerations.
The 2019-2021 Immigration Levels Plan includes greater targets for the number of refugees and displaced people the country will admit, ranging from 43,000 as a low target in 2019 to 64,500 in 2021.
Canada is undoubtedly the world leader in terms of its open immigration policies. The UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi has praised the country for its “extraordinary generosity, openness, and willingness” to help resettle displaced people.
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