In June 2021, Canada recorded the highest intake of immigrants in its history. The record high for permanent residents comes when the world is grappling under the strain of the COVID pandemic. Immigration minister Marco Mendicino announced that he intends to integrate 401000 working men and women into the Canadian community. The new members of society will be permanent residents contributing to the country’s economic well-being.
The Canadian government had an Immigration Levels plan between this year and 2023. Within three years, the government seeks to enlist over four hundred thousand new immigrants each year. The target number before the pandemic was about 341,000 immigrants. The latest numbers may seem like a tall order for many, but the minister is determined to meet the ambitious targets.
The last time the country welcomed this many immigrant was in 1913. The Canadian government could not keep up the numbers because of the onset of the First World War. In June alone, the country welcomed 35,000 immigrants, which the IRCC debates to be higher. Canada has to invite over 43,000 immigrants every other month this year to achieve its target. In January, the country took in 24,600, after which the numbers dropped to an all-time low in May.
Canada Has Welcomed Over 140, 000 Immigrants in the First Half of 2021
In total, Canada has welcomed over 143,000 new immigrants during the half of 2021. So far, the set targets are yet to be met, and a great deal of effort will need to be put into the programs to yield the desired results. The pandemic is well on its way to a natural extinction, which should leave the Canadian government with more than enough resources and time to reach its goals.
Many specialists have cited the volume of immigration targeted to be a challenge, but there is a distinct chance that it can be achieved before year-end. Before COVID took hold of the world, Canada had built a momentum of enlisting between 25,000 to 35,000 immigrants per month. Once the pandemic has subsided, the government will make more than double this number throughout the next two and a half years.
Researchers have further noted that the inflow of immigrants is higher during warmer months compared to the colder months. Warmer weather is usually experienced in September, marks the start of the academic year and the business calendar. This rise in intake numbers is a good indicator that Canada may achieve its set targets this year. In addition, Canada had better intake numbers over the second part of 2019 compared to the first half.