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Canada bucks US trend, draws far more Indians than Chinese

August 18, 2017 06:57 AM

COURSTREY Aug 18 2017 : The Times of India (Ahmedabad)
Canada bucks US trend, draws far more Indians than Chinese

Canada attracts more Indians than Chinese, be it for work or even when it comes to acquiring citizenship. Contrast this with its neighbour US, where the Chinese comparatively lead the migration trends on a few parameters such as acquiring green cards. However, the inflow of students to Canada from China is much higher.
Statistics for the first six months ended June 30, 2017 show that 13,670 Indians obtained work visas un der Canada's international mobility program as opposed to just 8,680 Chinese.Typically, companies can sponsor skilled workers under this program and a labour market impact assessment is not required. The trend was similar, un der the temporary for eign worker program (a more restrictive visa which requires labour market impact assessment and entails that the first preference is to be given to local Canadians). Under this program, 2,190 Indians obtained the work visas as compared to just 635 workers from China.

These statistics, for the first half of the current calendar year, released by Canada's department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) do not deviate from trends in the preceding years. Attractiveness of the international mobility program, peaked for Indians in 2016, with 30,850 Indians having obtained such work visas, a rise of nearly 50% over the previous year.

The number of Chinese students is slightly higher, with inflows of students from China during the first half of 2017 standing at 25,315 as opposed to 20,845 from India.

While half yearly figures of new permanent residents (those who have acquired Canadian citizenship) have not been released, Philippines and India continued to occupy the top two slots during 2016.Nearly 13% of the 2.96 lakh new permanent residents during 2016, were from India. Syria ranked third in 2016, with an influx of refugees resulting in displacing China. Canada has recently ushered in the Global Talent Stream Program. Introduced in June, it offers a fast track processing of applications and exemptions from labour market impact assessments

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