While the U.S. is busy building a towering wall to prevent illegal immigrants from entering, Canada is doing otherwise. In the next three years, Canada is accepting immigrants even from war-stricken nations into their native soil.
The Canadian Parliament has recently announced its plan to welcome over one million permanent residents over the next three years. In fact, that’s nearly 1% of Canada’s total population every year, or about 350,000 people.
In 2017, Canada has already accepted over 286,000 immigrants as permanent residents. Experts believe the number could rise as high as 350,000 immigrants this year, about 360,000 in 2020 and over 370,000 the year after.
Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship (IRCC) said the latest plan could offset Canada’s statistics on the aging population and low birth rate. The continuous influx of immigrants will increase the country’s labor force while improving its present economic status.
“Thanks in great part to the newcomers we have welcomed throughout our history, Canada has developed into the strong and vibrant country we all enjoy,” expressed Hussen, a successful immigrant from Somalia. He also wrote in an annual report to Canadian Parliament, “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.” Hussen, now in his early 40s, left war-torn Somalia to find a greener pasture in Canada.
Canada is currently enforcing an immigration policy based on “non-discriminatory” principles. Potential immigrants are assessed with no considerations for ethnic origin, religious affiliations, nationality, gender preference, and color according to Hussen. His annual report also stated that one of five residents in Canada is an immigrant with over six million people arriving in the country since the early 90s.
Since Canada has the best immigration policy, immigrants can enjoy similar privileges which every local citizen has. However, with Syrian refugees, their adaptation to the local culture may seem to take time. All children should attend school and adult family members are expected to work in order to provide for their daily needs.
Fortunately, Canada is willing to offer the same level of social protection to the immigrants, which every Canadian enjoys like job security and social benefits. In 2017, the United Nations Refugee Agency reported a remarkable increase of refugees in many parts of the world. The number of forcibly displaced individuals reached over 68.5 million. In support of its global settlement initiatives, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship (IRCC) has promised to give $5.6 million.
Canada will always be a perfect spot for aspiring immigrants in search of life and career advancement. The country offers opportunities to people who want a better life.
How to immigrate to Canada?
There are different programs that you could take if you really want to live in Canada. Federal skilled worker program, study program, temporary work program to name a few.