Over the past six months, Covid-19 has created several restrictions on the countries that are affected by this pandemic. While people are still unaware of how the events will unfold in the future, one question that the Canadian government is keen considering is how this situation will affect Canada’s immigration system’s internal and external factors.

Canadian immigration will go according to the earlier demographics, politics, processing capacity, and economy. The external immigration levels will, however, get influenced by the global circumstances post-COVID-19.

Internal factors that will affect Canadian immigration

Internal factors

Canada is considering several new amendments to the immigration policy after the pandemic recovery. Marco Mendicino, Canada’s immigration minister, mentioned that immigration would remain an “enduring value” even after the pandemic. Marco Mendicino had a meeting with provincial immigration ministers to discuss the new actions for immigration that will hold true until 2023. One of the crucial points raised in the meeting was the importance of international students, among other topics for the future of immigration.

The citizens are maintaining a positive outlook towards immigration, and the youth is coming forward in support of immigration as they believe it will help in the long-term economic recovery of Canada. In a survey held by the Association of Canadian Studies, 61% of the participants supported immigration after the pandemic ends.

The demographic factors for immigration remain the same in Canada. Canada has a rising aging population and a low birth rate. By 2030, over 9 million seniors will reach their retirement age. Considering the birth rate per couple, i.e., 1.6 today, compared to the needed 2.1, Canada needs a better approach to maintain its population size. Due to the Covid-19 strike, the birth rate may go down even further.

According to a study, the immigrations will be responsible for 100% of Canada’s population growth by 2034. The immigrants will help in creating more jobs and improving the labor market. Another statistic revealed that immigrants’ businesses are more likely to create innovative products in the future, which will help upgrade many of the present methods and add new ones. The immigrants coming to Canada through the federal Canadian Experience Class or the Provincial Nominee Program have been responding positively to the labor market compared to other programs.

Global factors that will affect Canadian immigration

 
Canada also shows its attention to foreign nationals’ interests who are planning programs for immigration with Canada. Canada opens up to the world about making adjustments to immigration targets based on the uncertain Covid-19 situation’s future circumstances. In 2015-2016, the civil war in Syria prompted Canada’s government to lower the economic-class immigration targets. It helped in making more space for the Syrian refugees.

Today the immigration has already started to recover as the pandemic is slowly getting diluted. The statistics seen a recovering in June with 19,000 new permanent residents were admitted to Canada. Compared to the previous year record of 34,000, is it still less, but Canada is keen on giving complete support to the immigrants in the coming months and years. Due to their welcoming programs, Canada will be able to control its severe economic downturn as compared to the US.

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