Jan 11, 2019, 5:06 AM ET

Canada wants 1 million more immigrants over next 3 years


Canada, a nation of not quite 37 million people, wants to add more than 1 million immigrants through 2021.

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"Thanks in great part to the newcomers we have welcomed throughout our history, Canada has developed into the strong and vibrant country we all enjoy," Ahmed Hussen, minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship, wrote in an annual report to Parliament. "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."

Hussen, now in his early 40s, fled to Canada from war-torn Somalia when he was 16.

A year ago, Donald Trump, the president of the United States of America, said he didn't want the U.S. accepting immigrants from Haiti or countries in Africa or similar "s---hole countries."

Somalia is in Africa.

"My experience is not unique," Hussen told The New York Times in 2017. "Canada receives a lot of refugees every year."

For Canada to add 1 million immigrants over the next three years, the nation would need to welcome approximately 350,000 -- roughly 1 percent of its current population -- in each of 2019, 2020 and 2021.

"Canada 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, colour, religion or gender," Hussen wrote in his report.

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

About 13.7 percent of the U.S. population, roughly 1 in 7, in 2017 was foreign born, according to U.S. Census estimates. In 2016, that figure was 13.5 percent.

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  • Cal A. Nomen

    No, "Canada" does not. Justin Trudeau and his Globalist cadre of handlers does ....

  • John Smith

    I just went and took the questionnaire. It said I qualified for express entry. If you have an advance degree with certification its almost certain you will get in. In otherwords, if you are an intelligent professional and tried of these dumb people ruining our country, Canada will be happy to have you.

  • Jonathan Bryant

    Correction on headline. It should read Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is out of touch with Canadians for wanting more unvetted unskilled anti Western migrants. Canadians are screaming STOP THE MADNESS!!!!

  • AJaminal

    Canada has always been a model for the world when it comes to managing immigration. It's a diverse and thriving country without ethnic or religious strife. Indeed, their differential tension has always been linguistic, ie. English / French, and with the newer generations that is finally starting to fade away.

  • Joshua Emmanuel

    I wish to relocate to Canada also, but I don't have anybody there...I want anybody who can help me out to reach there.... am a Nigerian my contact number is +2348168262165

  • JCNH

    Didn’t Angela Merkle say the same a few years ago. And now.....

  • SoulCages

    Canada does not want 1 million immigrants. Where would we house that many? Shelters are full, illegal immigrants are staying in hotels on the tax payors dime. The Majority do not work so far. Have no doubt it's the Trudeau Liberals that want them. Trudeau is trying to buy votes.

  • GoAViking

    So can we take those at our southern border to our northern border?

  • ruelph

    Canada is ensuring that their country will continue to have a young workforce for the foreseeable future. Unlike Japan, whose workforce is getting older.

  • Lucinda Knowlton

    NO CANADA DOES NOT WANT them! Our globalist puppet TRUDEAU and his evil Liberal minions that say they want 1 million. Trudeau like myself or his cabinet do NOT speak for all Canadians but I do know that I speak for a great many Canadians that are sick to death of TRUDEAU sticking it to us all the time and justifying it while he's doing it by saying "CANADIANS WANT" Trudeau is a DICTATOR that has somehow taken power in Canada and does NOT care WHAT his own citizens think or WANT!

  • Bill Gradwohl

    If the Canadian gov't wants more immigrants, they should send some planes to Honduras, Nicaragua, etc to pick them up. Those folks will be so grateful not having to walk to the US / Mexico border.

  • SJC

    Those should all be Americans fed up with tRump.

  • Linzie Rogers

    So Trump doesn't want immigrants from Haiti or Africa. I wonder what he would say to accepting immigrants from countries like Germany, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway? I'll ask him if I ever see him.

  • reality25

    Once upon a time, the U.S boasted that is was a proud nation of immigrants until...

  • sakibaba

    They have a pretty smart point system. Weighted points for everything from family ties to skillset levels. If you make the points you are in/ if not then don't even board the flight. Not like the current messy letter Visa soup that we have from B,K,H,J....almost 26 different categories and some directly contradicting each other in intent....the lines are decades long for those trying to make it in legally.

  • pyper66

    In this article it says "Canada wants 1 million more immigrants". No we don't, at least not from third world nations that we end up having to support. This article should read Trudeau wants 1 million more. It also depends on what you want to define as an immigrant. There's not enough to go around as it is. So, no, we don't want them.

  • bannerstoned

    Canada actually does a decent job of picking the best and the brightest.

    They take a decent number of refugees, but most people have a family connection or can contribute to their economy.