While the rest of the world is reeling under anti-immigration feelings, Canada has started an online initiative. Canada has launched an online campaign to increase support for immigration.
The campaign is called #ImmigrationMatters and was launched in November. Through this campaign, the Federal Govt. is inviting people to share their migration success stories. The Govt. is then posting these stories on the website of the campaign and other social media accounts.
There is a toolkit included in the campaign which helps people find and share positive immigration stories. It also highlights newcomer contributions. There is also the option to order #Immigration Matters business cards and buttons. These may be used at various events to promote immigration.
Ahmed Hussen, Immigration Minister, recently addressed a public forum organized in Toronto. He said that it is essential to remind Canadians why immigration is necessary. He believes it is essential not only for the community but also for the country’s prosperity.
He said that Canada needed to showcase stories to show the success of immigrants in a majority of the cases. Newcomers to Canada readily embrace Canadian values and celebrate its freedoms. That is one of the primary reasons why immigrants choose to come to Canada in the first place. Ahmed Hussen himself was a refugee from Somalia, as quoted by The Star.
The key messages included in the #ImmigrationMatters campaign include:
- Immigration creates new jobs for Canadians and contributes to the economy
- Immigrants who are admitted are thoroughly screened and they respect the Canadian laws
- Immigrants merge into Canadian society
A senior official from the immigration department said that the idea for this campaign came up a year ago. It was important to have an open discussion regarding the role of immigration. It was important to note how immigrants add to the Canadian economy.
Immigrants bring a lot of positives and upsides to Canada. It is important to let the message spread through their stories. This campaign strives to show that their stories matter and it is the best way to spread support for immigration.
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