Towards the end of 2018, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Pierre James Trudeau, with the consent of the Canadian Parliament, announced a three year plan to welcome more than one million immigrants and later tweeted saying; “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada.”
Canada is dedicated to offering protection to refugees which goes a long way to buttress the positive statement made by Ahmed D. Hussen, a former immigrant from Somalia now Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) in which he appreciated immigrants saying; “Thanks in great part to the newcomers we have welcomed throughout our history, Canada has developed into the strong and vibrant country we all enjoy.” On many occasions are Ministers, government officials, Organizations and institutions seen welcoming and spending time with immigrants in Canada.
Despite the fact that many Western Countries restrict and limit immigrants into their territories with reasons such as fear of diseases, terrorism, drug trafficking, contraband, social ills etc., Canada is and has always been open to welcoming immigrants indiscriminately from all parts of the world with positive aspirations one of which is to improve the economy of the country.
In 2017, Canada welcomed more than 286,000 permanent immigrants and has planned to increase the number in a period of three years as follows; 350,000 this 2019, 360,000 in 2020 and 370,000 in 2021. However, the following are the reasons put forth by the Canadian government for that decision;
The population of citizens in working-age:
An expected drop in the population of the working-age has been previewed by the Department of Finance from 4.2 million people in 2015 to 2.7 in 2030 because the working population is fast aging.
POSSIBLE ECONOMIC GROWTH:
Canada sees the possibility of an economic boom by 2030 if above 350,000 immigrants are accepted per year for period of three years from now because these immigrants will be willing to take up jobs meant for the economic class which are evaded by the native whites of the middle class.
The drop in birth rate:
Since 2015, birth rate has dropped remarkably from 1.6 births per woman to below 1 which is detrimental to the economy as the work force is fast dropping because many are retiring and aging while birth rate is decreasing.
Reluctance of native white Canadians to work as labourers:
A great number of the white native born Canadians have refused to take jobs as cleaners, waste disposal agents, mail distribution agents, taxi drivers, caregivers, skilled labourers and other professions that require physical energy which contribute highly to the growth of the economy.
ADVANTAGES TO THE ECONOMY
A greater percentage of these immigrants come in search of better opportunities and a better life for their families, that is, excellent education, better living standards, improved health care and better income. For this reason, they are more than willing to work hard to realize these dreams there by raising the economy of the country.
Immigrants in popular places like Toronto have started small scale businesses such as restaurants, car washes, barbing saloons, hair dressing parlours and many companies more than the native born. In so doing, they pay taxes and provide employment to all classes thereby improving the economy.
Many highly educated people in different fields and professions with white collar jobs today in Canada were once immigrants. There are list of Doctors, Lawyers, Politicians, Lecturers, Scientists, Journalists, Philanthropists in Toronto and other parts of Canada were once immigrants or are children of recent immigrants.
So in a bid to help people from all parts of world by allowing an indiscriminate immigration program, thus providing shelter, education, employment and healthcare facilities, Canada is in a way helping herself because this seems to be the only option she has to rebuild her already crashing economy.
Article from AFRIC Editorial.