The new policy aims to attract a total of 1.45 million immigrants between 2023 and 2025, Canadian Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced Tuesday, according to the New York Times.
The Canadian government’s position on immigration is seen as “different” from the positions of governments in Western countries like Sweden and Italy, whose newly elected parties seek to curb immigration and hold immigrants responsible for crime and chaos, according to the same source.
And the Canadian Minister of Immigration revealed at a press conference in Toronto on Tuesday that his country needs more immigrants, noting that “Canadians understand the need to continue increasing our population if we are to meet the needs of the country. workforce, and rebalance to a worrying demographic trend, and if we want to continue with family reunification.
The Canadian official pointed out that what he described as “worrying trends” in the Canadian demographic include high aging rates and percentages of people close to retirement age, as statistics released last April showed that the number of people in the retirement age limit reaches a level record in Canada.
“If we don’t do something to correct this demographic trend, the discussions we will have in 10 or 15 years will not be about labor shortages,” Fraser said. We often take it for granted. “
Canada is pursuing an immigrant reception strategy to compensate for an aging local population and low birth rate, a plan that has broad popular support, according to the New York Times, where Canadians show a “preference for immigrants. that work in severely unemployed fields – including health care and manufacturing. “engineering and crafts.
In a recent survey conducted by the Environics Research Institute, a non-profit survey company, 58% expressed support for accepting more immigrants, while 69% said no to the question of whether their country receives a large number. of immigrants.
However, around half of respondents believe newcomers are “not embracing Canadian values”, suggesting that public support may become “more volatile”.
Most of the new immigrants in Canada comes from Asian and African countries, and the government aims to attract 465,000 permanent residents in 2023, 485,000 in 2024 and 500,000 in 2025, according to the government’s plans.
New data, released by the National Statistical Agency last week, revealed that 23% of the Canadian population is immigrant, the highest percentage since the union in 1867, when prime four provinces joined together to form Canada.
Statistics Canada provides that in about two decades immigrants could represent between 29 and 34% of the population if current immigration patterns continue.
Since the early 1990s, Canada has maintained a high immigration rate, attracting one media about 235,000 new arrivals per year, according to 2016 census data.