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How Canada Became the Favourite Country for Foreign Workers to Immigrate to

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"The 2021 “Decoding Global Talent” report concluded that Canada has become the top destination for foreign workers wanting to move for better job opportunities and a higher quality of life. This report included a survey of around 208,807 workers across 190 countries. Compiled by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the Network and Appcast, the report revealed that Canada has managed to replace the United States as the topmost favorite destination for foreign workers who want to immigrate. "
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Published on:  Jun 12, 2021
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The 2021 “Decoding Global Talent” report concluded that Canada has become the top destination for foreign workers wanting to move for better job opportunities and a higher quality of life. This report included a survey of around 208,807 workers across 190 countries. Compiled by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the Network and Appcast, the report revealed that Canada has managed to replace the United States as the topmost favorite destination for foreign workers who want to immigrate. 

According to the report, due to an inconsistent response to the pandemic, along with the adoption of nationalistic policies and growing social unrest, the US fell to second place, tied with Australia. The report also appreciated efforts made by Canada and Australia to control the spread of the pandemic and their ability to maintain diverse cultures and social systems without a lot of unrest. However, the pandemic threw light on some strong differences in how Australia and Canada treat their temporary residents.

What Is the Difference in the Efforts Made by Canada and Australia to Secure Their Position on the Top?

While Australia restricted all nonresidents from obtaining special reliefs and income support introduced as a result of the pandemic, nearly 50,000 temporary residents leaving the country. However, Canada helped its temporary residents bridge the gap if they lost their jobs due to the pandemic or had to face a cut in work hours. 

 Furthermore, Australia reduced its immigration targets to 160,000, while Canada increased its immigration levels target to a whooping 400,000 annually in response to the demographic challenges of an aging population and reducing the workforce. The Canadian government has almost doubled down its efforts to retain temporary residents and invite more immigrants through economic immigration programs and family class sponsorship programs.

What Other Countries Are Ranked as a Favourite Destination for Foreign Workers?

Other countries like Spain, France and Italy, all suffered from a massive drop in their immigration levels due to the ongoing global pandemic. However, Singapore and New Zealand were surprisingly able to make their way to the top 10.

This highlights how many Asia-Pacific countries have done a great job at controlling the spread of the virus while maintaining their immigration levels. Especially New Zealand, which has been praised for its effective handling of the pandemic since it began.

This means that while Canada may be worried about international talent being diverted to its neighboring country, Asia-Pacific countries will be more likely to be attracting most of the migration.

Can Foreign Workers Move to Canada Given the Current Scenario?

Yes, even with the ongoing pandemic, Canada is open to newcomers from all over the world. Canada believes that immigration is essential to sustainably maintain the growth of its economy post-pandemic. Immigrants play an important role in keeping some key Canadian industries operational. International entrepreneurs are responsible for bringing business to Canada through business immigration, and also address some of the most acute labor shortages. Immigration ensures that the Canadian population keeps growing and thriving to keep Canada competitive on the world stage.

The main focus for immigration this year has been shifted to the Express Entry system that allows experienced foreign workers from around the world to compete for permanent residence in Canada. It is the fastest way to gain permanent residency in Canada.

Many immigrants are also opting for local programs like the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP), the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) and the Rural and Northern Pilot Program (RIPP) which are responsible for filling the local labor market shortages and ensuring the economic growth of a region.

Immigrants can also apply through family-based sponsorship programs if they have immediate relatives in Canada who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Moreover, every year thousands of temporary foreign workers and international graduates transition to permanent residence through various PNP programs and federal immigration streams like the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

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