Exploring other options-Provincial Nominee Programs.

Some Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) also have the Express Entry component where provinces and territories recruit candidates to meet market and economic needs. With an Express Entry profile, you can either get invited to apply for permanent residence through the federal government or apply for a provincial nomination. Lucky for the middle easterners, those are not the only two immigration options at their disposal. As a matter of fact, there are more than 100 immigration pathways to get them to Canada.

The first Middle East immigrants, from Syria and Lebanon in 1882, paved the way for more immigrations leading to hundreds of thousands of Middle East Canadians. As the coronavirus pandemic has triggered economic deterioration, Canada is processing more permanent residence applications as a way of rejuvenating it post-corona. According to the Immigration Level Plan, Canada is set to welcome over a million immigrants by the end of 2022.

Coming together, feeling at home.

For an immigrant from the Middle East, settling in Canada is quite easy. It is among the most culturally diverse countries thus, immigrants find it easy to fit into the society, existing social networks, and integrate into the Canadian labor market. Whether you are a Muslim, Christian, or Judaist, there is a place of worship for every belief system in Canada. Of these, several have been built over the past century, including Melkite churches and Maronite churches. The first Coptic Orthodox Church and the first mosque, Al Rashid mosque, were built in 1965 and 1938 respectively. Thanks to social media, members of different immigrant communities get to connect through Facebook groups or country-specific community centers. Coming together for community events bring them closer through food, language, music dance, or religious practices. Such activities and events gives a sense of home and togetherness in Canada.

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