Monday, April 19, 2021

Canada: How the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting immigration to Canada

Global News shows that the Canadian government has pointed to immigration as essential to the country to recover economically from the coronavirus pandemic, but some experts say that’s a misleading argument with high numbers of jobless people in the country.

But the federal government has recently announced a new program to expedite 90,000 immigration applications for essential workers as part of its goal to bring in 1.2 million immigrants in the next 3 years.

Experts say there will be a surge of immigration to Canada as the world recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, but as Mike Drolet reports, the application processing might take months or years to clear.

Immigration to Canada is the process by which people migrate to Canada for the purpose of residing there - and where a majority go on to become Canadian citizens. As of 2019, Canada has the eighth largest immigrant populations in the world, while foreign-born people make up about one-fifth (21% in 2019) of Canada’s population. This is certainly one of the highest ratios for industrialized Western countries.

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