On Wednesday, Canada released its 2018 plan for immigration numbers. Along with that, for the very first time, the IRCC revealed the projected 3-year plan for immigration numbers to be followed by the relevant departments.
The number of immigrants to be admitted into Canada over the next three years sums up to almost 1 million.
In a press conference, Ahmed Hussen – the Immigration Minister of Canada announced that the number of immigrants allowed into the country would increase to 310,000 for 2018, 330,000 for 2019, and reach 340,000 by the year 2020.
In the year 2017, the Liberal Government has so far accepted 300,000 immigrants from all over the world.
Under the new plan, the refugee figures are expected to be 43,000, 45,650, and 56,500 in the years 2018, 2019, and 2020 respectively. The press conference however, did not mention the specific numbers of Syrian refugees to be allowed into the country.
Over the last 2 years, Canada welcomed almost 48,000 Syrian refugees. However, there have been only 7,500 Syrian refugees accepted into the country in 2017 so far.
Immigrants, allowed to enter into Canada, usually fall into three broad categories: refugees (the ones fleeing prosecution), family (ones who have Canadian residents as close relatives), and economic (businessmen and skilled workers).
The economic category is expected to experience the largest boom in immigrants – somewhere around a 60% increase.
“Everyone has been of the opinion that we need more workers, we need more skilled workers, we need more people to power our economy, address our real skills shortages, address our real labour market shortages and also address the regional nature of some of these requirements…So we’ve listened,” – said Hussen in his Toronto press conference.
The balance immigrant numbers would be distributed in the refugee and family categories. That said, all three categories will increase in numbers over the course of next three years.