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Jul. 28, 19 | 5:54 pm

DUBAI: Canada’s minister of immigration refugees and citizenship said the country’s strong and vibrant economy was caused “in great part to the newcomers we have welcomed throughout our history.”

“Immigrants and their descendants have made immeasurable contributions to Canada, and our future success depends on continuing to ensure they are welcomed and well-integrated,” said Minister Ahmed Hussen in an annual report to Parliament.

Because of this, the 40-year-old Hussen, who according to a recent report from the Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) fled to Canada from war-torn Somalia when he was 16, has drafted a three-year immigration plan covering 2019 to 2021 aiming to welcome 1.02 million “talented workers with the skills and expertise our economy needs….”

Broken down, 330,800 was planned for the current year; 341,000 for 2020; and 350,000 in 2021.

“In addition,” he added, “multi-year levels planning is contributing to the success of Canada’s immigration program by enabling Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, its federal and provincial and territorial partners, and other key partners such as settlement service providers, to better plan for projected permanent resident admissions.”

Canada, said Hussen, a lawyer who also was national president of the Canadian Somali Congress, “is a world leader in managed migration with an immigration program based on non-discriminatory principles, where foreign nationals are assessed without regard to race, nationality, ethnic origin, color, religion or gender.”

About 1 in 5 current Canadians are immigrants, according to the report, with more than 6 million arriving since 1990.

According to a recent report for The Filipino Times by veteran journalist Jose “Ping” Galang, more and more Filipinos who migrate in search of greener pastures have chosen Canada as their destination in recent years.

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The Philippines is now consistently one of the top three countries of origin of migrants to Canada (it was even number 1 in 2016), according to Canada’s statistics office, he said.

On the other hand, Philippine statistics rank Canada as the second top choice as migration destination, after the United States. This trend is expected to continue as more Filipinos looking for better economic opportunities abroad tend to take a more positive view of Canada’s policies and practices on immigration, Galang said.

Indeed, Canada is a place topping most overseas Filipino worker’s bucket list – and for a lot of logical reasons at that.

“Filipinos who immigrate to Canada either as a Permanent Resident or as a citizen, have access to all of the country’s social programs such as free health care, free education for children until the end of high school, and so on,” explained Atty. Julie Beeton, Dubai-based Canadian immigration lawyer.

She added: “They can also access all of the newcomer services such as organizations that help new immigrants to find jobs, settle in their community and find accommodation.”

Beeton said the other reason why many Filipinos are interested in becoming a Canadian Permanent Resident or citizen is that their children will pay local tuition fees at Canadian universities rather than international fees.

“International fees can be more than two-thirds higher than local tuition fees,” she said.

Beeton said that as of the 2016 Canadian Census, 851,410 Filipinos were living in Canada. In 2017, 2,685 Filipinos immigrated to Canada through the Express Entry System.

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