Canada was expected to increase the number of immigrants it will allow to enter the country in the year 2017. But alas this is not going to be true.
The government has dashed many hopes by announcing that it will cap the number of fresh immigrants in the nation to only 3,00,000 in the year 2017.
Though the number is quite large compared to many other European nations, it has disheartened many people who were dreaming to go and settle down there. This is the same number as in 2016 even though an expert panel has recommended to raise immigration levels.
Canadian government has been very supportive to immigrants and has helped thousands of Syrian refugees to enter and seek refuge in Canada. John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, on Monday tabled the immigration proposal for 2017 in the Parliament.
While speaking about the proposal McCallum said, “The 2017 levels plan will put Canada in a strong position for the future and support our overall economic and social development as a country”.
Later a statement issued by the government said the 2017 levels are “a thoughtful, responsible approach that takes into consideration Canada’s need for more immigrants while balancing our fiscal responsibilities.” The announcement comes amid warnings from the Liberal Party’s economic council of advisers that Canada needs to raise immigration levels by the tens of thousands in order to ensure better economic growth. The council recommended the government gradually increase immigration levels to 450,000 per year over the next five years, Xinhua news agency reported.
The target number of immigrants from 2011 to 2015 was 2,60,000, but swelled to 3,00,000 this year because of what Mr. McCallum called the “special circumstances” of the Syrian refugee crisis. There has been much debate over the targeted immigration number at a time when Canada struggles with high unemployment. The 2017 target boosts entries for those in the economic class — skilled workers, business people and care-givers — to 1,72,500 from 1,60,600. In the family class, the number of sponsored spouses, partners, children, parents and grandparents will climb to 84,000 from 80,000.