Canada wants to increase the number of immigrants to compensate for the number of immigrants during 2020 due to the Covid-19 epidemic, according to the Minister of Immigration.
Marco Mendicino stated that his country intends to receive more than 1.2 million immigrants between 2021 and 2023, an increase of about 200,000 immigrants from the number that was determined before the epidemic crisis.
He added in a press conference that in 2020 Canada will receive only a small part of the 341,000 immigrants that were expected to arrive, due to the emerging coronavirus, which caused the closure of borders and the suspension of international flights for a long time. It is expected that the situation will return to normal in 2021, according to the announced immigration plan that is mainly based on economic growth, as well as on family reunification and receiving refugees.
To compensate for the decline in the number of immigrants in 2020, the government intends to grant permanent residence to temporary workers, asylum seekers, and foreign students who are in Canada. “The new arrivals played an important role in our handling of Covid-19,” Mendicino said, praising especially the asylum seekers who worked in the first line in retirement homes affected by the epidemic during the spring.
“Immigrants are of vital importance to our health system, and they represent a factor of four in hospitals and retirement homes,” he added.
He revealed that one-third of Canadian business owners are immigrants.
Immigration represented 80 percent of 2019 demographic growth in Canada, which has a population of 38 million.