Why Indians are migrating to Canada
As the saying goes “Make hay while the sun shines”, everyone loves a good opportunity. Indians have always made the best use every opportunity thrown at them.
India has set the highest record for permanent residencies in Canada in 2019 with 80,685 migrating last year alone. Indians have accounted for nearly one fourth of total ‘Permanent Residencies’ issued in Canada in 2019, the Annual Report on Immigration reported.
With the pandemic bringing a temporary halt in the immigration, the Canadian Government is planning on increasing the number of immigrants to make up for the shortfall.
The Canadian minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship, Marco Mendicino has laid out the 2021-23 Immigration Levels Plan.
Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino “Newcomers are playing an outsized role in our hospitals and care homes, and helping us to keep food on the table. As we look to recovery, newcomers create jobs not just by giving our businesses the skills they need to thrive, but also by starting businesses themselves.”
“Immigration is essential to getting us through the pandemic, but also to our short-term economic recovery and our long-term economic growth. Canadians have seen how newcomers are playing an outsized role in our hospitals and care homes, and helping us to keep food on the table. As we look to recovery, newcomers create jobs not just by giving our businesses the skills they need to thrive, but also by starting businesses themselves. Our plan will help to address some of our most acute labour shortages and to grow our population to keep Canada competitive on the world stage,” Mendicino said in a statement.
Before the pandemic the Immigration plan’s target for 2021 was 351,000 and for 2022 was 361,000. Now those numbers are increased to 401,000 and 411,000. And for 2023 the target has been set to a record high at 421,000. Indians dominate the economic class with a staggering majority of 60%.
So Why Canada..?
Increasing number of opportunities, curbing of visas and the restriction on immigration, difficulties in obtaining green cards by the Trump administration has motivated a large number of Indians to prefer Canada since 2016. From Indian software engineers to scientist, Canada is seen as a lucrative alternative to establish their careers and along with raising their families.
Apart from being one of the friendliest countries it has one of the most colourful Indian communities in the world.
Increasing number of Indian and U.S tech companies opening across Canada. Fast tracking work permit visas by the Canadian government for tech employees thus paving way for permanent residence.
The quality of education provided by Canadian schools and Universities has been steadily attracting Indian students who in turn become permanent residences due big job opportunities. The cost of education is more affordable than most developed nations like the U.S. As of 2016 there were 76,075 students and it steadily rose to 172,625 in 2018, a humungous 127% increase, according to the Canadian Bureau for International Education.
“To further ease the challenges of a shrinking labor force and an aging population, our new multi-year immigration levels plan sets out the highest levels of permanent residents that Canada will welcome in recent history,” said the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen in 2018.
Under the “Global skills Strategy”, an initiative by the Canadian government wherein the adjudicators approve high-skilled workers in just two weeks but when compared to the U.S the most applications are rejected.
The Canadian society has quite a number Indo-Canadians who are well represented from sports to politics. They have been instrumental in building Canada.