The 2018 Immigration Plan Set to Improve the Economy and Help Refugees
Updated: Oct 21, 2019
The liberal government has come up with an immigration plan that is set to be released in 2018. This plan aims at establishing the right balance between helping refugees who have fled from their countries of origin as well as benefiting the Canadian economy. The goal of the government has always been to reunite families in Canada by making suitable immigration policies.
Canadian authorities seek to help refugees who were displaced due to disasters and conflicts in their countries of origin to have a place they can call home. However, there is still a need to deal with the influx of asylum seekers in recent months. The government also seeks to attract top talent that will also contribute to economic growth.
For many years, the Canadian immigration system has been recognized as having policies that help fit the needs of immigrants while helping the country achieve its goals. However, critics are coming up to condemn the government for failing to develop a suitable plan to ensure migrants are able to fill labor gaps in different parts of the country, particularly those remote and less populated areas.
Deal With The Current Labor Shortages
With the new 2018 immigration plan, the government is expected to provide different approaches that will ensure that migrants are properly integrated and contribute to the labor workforce. Recent reports have shown that the number of asylum seekers who have crossed into Canada outside the border points has increased from July. Although the government has assured Canadians that there is no crisis in dealing with the asylum seekers, they are under a lot of pressure to come up with solutions to deal with the backlog of claims the IRB is currently facing.
In 2017, the immigration plan that was put in place allowed 300,000 immigrants to enter Canada. This resulted in a significant boost in the number of skilled workers, business people and caregivers receiving permanent residency in the country. The 2018 immigration plan is expected to help fulfill the significant labor gaps in the country. It is expected that the government will make policies that bring in a diverse range of immigrants into the country rather than only focusing on the high-skilled workers who are later granted permanent residency or the temporary foreign workers who are expected to do the casual jobs.
Ideally, the immigration system should provide tangible solutions that address the labor shortage in Canada. This shouldn’t be done in a single sector of the economy. With the low birth rate and aging population in Canada, there is a need to tackle the labor shortages by boosting the country’s immigration levels. Rather than just paying attention to the education and technical specifications of applicants, it should be flexible enough to admit immigrants who have the intelligence, drive and can be trained on different lower-skilled jobs.
With a backlog of cases that need to be processed by IRB, a Canadian immigration lawyer can help migrants looking for asylum seeker or refugee status to present their claim and increase their chances of success.