Canada sets target at 3,00,000 immigrants for 2017
Continuing its immigration levels of past year, Canada has announced that it will allow 3,00,000 immigrants into the country in 2017.
The number was same in 2016, and remains unchanged even after the recommendations from expert panel to raise the immigration levels.
Reportedly, John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, on Monday tabled the immigration proposal for 2017 in the Parliament. “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,” he said.
In a statement by government, it was clearly mentioned that 2017 levels are “a thoughtful, responsible approach that takes into consideration Canada’s need for more immigrants while balancing our fiscal responsibilities.”
It is to be noted that this has come amid warnings from the Liberal Party’s economic council of advisers, claiming that Canada needs to raise immigration levels by the tens of thousands in order to ensure better economic growth.
It had been council’s recommendation for government to gradually increase immigration levels to 450,000 per year over the next five years, Xinhua news agency had reported.
In the previous years, the target number of immigrants had been 2,60,000 from 2011 to 2015. It had swelled to 3,00,000 this year because of “special circumstances” of the Syrian refugee crisis, McCallum said.
The struggles of Canada with high unemployment remain the subject of debate over the targeted immigration number. It had been reportedly claimed that 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.
“What I am announcing today is that for 2017 we will make that 300,000 permanent and it will become the foundation for future growth in immigration,” McCallum said, emphasizing that this rate is “40,000 above the historic norm.”