Regardless of how the October election results into, the public opinion poll taken by Angus Reid Institute shows, a majority of Canadians (39%) favour the current immigration target, i.e. 331,800 immigrants in a year. Moreover, some even voice out to increase the level. On the contrary, 40% said the target is too high and another 8% weren’t sure of their answers.
Canada has a global reputation of overwhelmingly immigrant-friendly, but does the reputation match reality?
Canada’s positive history of immigration and integration over the last half-century proves that immigrants are crucial to Canada’s prosperity. To be frank, Canada is built on the population of native tribes and newcomers who have been moving from all across the globe, since the second world war. No wonder Canada is so accommodating to foreigners to this day!
The Canadian labour market is facing a streak of retirements that will continue for another 10 plus years. For the time being, the country will have to depend on young migrants to rejuvenate the workforce, taxation base and boost productivity. Also, in the next couple of decades because death rates will exceed births very soon. What else?
Unfortunately, the country was one isolated part of the world for a long time. It was out of the limelight when the US and Europian territories were the immigrants’ living paradise. It can also be the reason why Canada can control migrant flow. Because from the start, it never had too much pressure on allowing waves of migrants. After a careful establishment migration system and maintaining high levels of public support, the government increased the migrant intake year by year.
Another possible explanation for the lack of conflict over immigration is because of the Canadian policy of selecting migrants based on eligibility factors for economic integration has made positive impressions on citizens instead of protests. That is why the governing Liberal party decided to raise immigration quota for 2019 and fixed a total of 341,000 intakes in 2020. Here are the results of another survey by McGill institute that gives insights of immigrants in Canada.
Survey Question: Would you say it is generally bad or good for Canada’s economy that people come to live here from other countries?
- Bad for the economy
- Good for the economy
This analysis shows that most Canadians (56%) fall on the positive side while a quarter of participants choose bad or neutral.
Survey question: Would you say that [country’s] cultural life is generally undermined or enriched by people coming to live here from other countries?
- Cultural life undermined
- Cultural life enriched
Survey Question: To what extent do you agree with the following statement- People who come to Canada should change their behaviour to be more like Canadians.
While the results suggest that most Canadians are satisfied (or neutral) with the way the Canadian multiculturalism model is working, there are some hints of potential problems. No plan can be 100% perfect.
In one of the survey questions, participants were asked do they think that too many immigrants are not connected to Canadian society? The answer was a 58% has a relatively negative view of the current state of integration by migrants.
This may be the reason why we see a percentage of participants think immigrants (in the recent Angus Reid Survey) are not well connected to the Canadian societies and voting to limit the migration number.
As we are in the middle of the October election, it is hard to say who will win and what impact the new government will bring. As people’s views are different, in this election they will vote the party that shares their emotions. It is an obvious turn of events.
For example, nearly two-thirds of Conservative supporters and 62% of PPC voters said the target of 331,000 newcomers this year was too high. On the other hand, 60% of Liberals said they were satisfied with the target. The New Democratic Party and Green Party supporters said the target should be higher. Bloc Québécois voters were divided by two views; those who felt the target of 331,000 is too high (47%) and those who said it was about right (46%).
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