Canada to admit one million immigrants over next three years

Jamaica To Canada

Wednesday, November 08, 2017



Dear Mr Brown,

I read that Canada intends to increase the number of immigrants, which seems to be the opposite stance of the United States. Do the countries clash over their differing goals since they share a border?

— NC

Dear NC:

Immigration, Citizenship, and Refugees Minister Ahmed Hussen has recently reaffirmed the position of the Canadian Government regarding security concerns over immigration. Canada is a world leader in settling and integrating immigrants.

Security concerns

He has dismissed the American-style clampdown on immigration regarding security concerns. While security risks must be mitigated, it is important to emphasise that immigration is not the antithesis of security. A country may rigorously screen for security and criminality while achieving immigration goals.

One million new immigrants

Canada has a new plan to accept a million immigrants over the next three years; that is, by admitting 340,000 immigrants a year by 2020 — an increase of 13 per cent overall. The plan was in response to the needs of stakeholders who were asking for more stability and to address the concern regarding real labour market and skills shortage in Canada, as well as the shrinking gap between the numbers of working adults per every retiree — by 2036 the nation is projected to be two working age adults to one retiree.

He said while the increase in immigrants next year will be gradual, the process will ramp up in the subsequent years.

Despite the position of critics that Canada is currently admitting too many immigrants and refugees of whom many are unemployed or underemployed, Hussen reminds us that Canada 'ssystem of integration is better than any other country.

Canada has invested over a billion dollars into settlement and integration this year, which, despite the expense, is expected to reap benefits.

US clampdown

In contrast, the Donald Trump Administration is seeking an immigration clampdown and has vowed to step up the Department of Homeland Security's “extreme vetting programme” following last week Tuesday's terror attack in New York. For months the Trump Administration has attempted to bring in stronger restrictions on travel to the US from a handful of Muslim-majority countries.

As correctly stated, Canada and the US share a border. The countries have a mutually beneficial relationship economically. I am not sure about how you define the term “clash”. However, the countries differ in terms of the historical patterns of immigration, assimilation trends, and approaches, which have only been exaggerated by the extreme rhetoric and nationalism espoused by the Trump Administration.

Please visit JAMAICA2CANADA.COM for additional information on Canadian Permanent Residence programmes, including Express Entry, the Study & Work programme, visas or appeals, etc.

Antonn Brown, BA, (Hons), LLB, MSc, RCIC, is an immigration counsel and an accredited Canadian education agent of JAMAICA2CANADA.COM — a Canadian immigration & education firm in Kingston. Send questions/comments to jamaica2canada@gmail.com .

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