Canada has recorded the highest immigration influx in a hundred years.
Canada added 71,131 migrants in the last quarter of 2018. There was an increase of 321,065 as compared to the previous years as per Statistics Canada. This was the largest immigration intake since 1913 when Canada welcomed 401,000 migrants. 2018 also saw the fourth largest immigration intake since 1852.
Canada crossed the half million mark for the first time since the late 1950s. There was also a surge in the number of temporary residents like foreign students. For an economy coping with an ageing population, it has been a welcome boost.
The surge in international immigration has led to an increase in employment opportunities. Most immigrants who come to Canada are of the working age. Thus, it also provides a much-needed boost to the workforce as well.
There was an increase of 425,245 including both permanent and temporary immigrants to Canada. The numbers also include international refugees. However, the number does not include the ones who have illegally arrived in Canada. Statistics Canada does not provide the number of refugees who arrived in Canada in 2018.
The increase in immigrants helped the population in Canada grow by 528,421 in 2018. This was the largest increase since 1950. As per Statistics Canada, the population in Canada grew by 1.4% in 2018. This was the fastest growth seen in Canada since 1990, as quoted by Bloomberg.
The increase in immigration numbers also helps make up for the slow natural population growth of Canada. Natural population increase is calculated as the number of births minus the number of deaths. Canada’s natural population increase dropped to 103,176 in 2018, which was the lowest since the late 1940s.
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