Canada opens immigration opportunity for over 1 million Nigerians, others ‣ Star Potter

Canada opens immigration opportunity for over 1 million Nigerians, others ‣ Star Potter

The Canadian government has announced a plan to welcome 1.45 million permanent residents, immigrants, including Nigerians, over the next three years to address the labor shortage.

Canadian Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Sean Fraser announced this at a conference where he unveiled the 2023-2025 immigration plan.

According to the new press release from the Department of Immigration, the Canadian economy now faces critical labor shortages, causing uncertainty for Canadian businesses and workers.

While the original plan is to reduce the labor shortage in the North American country and offset the aging workforce, Nigerians usually eager to move abroad will see this as a huge opportunity.

On the heels of the poor standard of living and insecurity in the country, Nigerians are moving abroad en masse, with countries like the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States and Germany among others as their favorite destinations.

Data from the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) indicated that 12,595 Nigerians moved to Canada in 2019.

In its July 2021 report entitled “Of Roads Less Travelled: Assessing the Potential for Migration to Provide Overseas Jobs for Nigeria’s Youth,” the World Bank revealed that about 50 percent of Nigerians are willing to leave the country for a better economic future in the abroad.

A common dictate that many Nigerians, especially young people and young families, now often use is Japa, a slang term for an inordinate desire to escape Nigeria’s shaky socioeconomic conditions.

According to Canada’s Migration Plan, 465,000 new permanent residents (PR) will be welcomed to the country by 2023. This target will increase to 485,000 new Canadian PRs by 2024.

By 2025, Canada aims to welcome 500,000 immigrants to this country.

The plan also aims to attract newcomers to different regions of the country, including small towns and rural communities.

Over the years, Canada’s open-door immigration policy has contributed to the fastest growing population of the Group of Seven countries. But some immigrants have accused the government of using them as a form of “cheap labor” and many still face challenges in finding a job that matches their skills and qualifications.

Fraser said the increased targets will be supported by the rollout of new tools next year that will allow governments to target new entrants in specific occupations to ensure better alignment with industries facing the most intense labor shortages.

He said: “This year’s immigration plan will help companies find the workers they need, put Canada on a path that will contribute to our long-term success, and enable us to deliver on important commitments to vulnerable people.” who are fleeing violence, war and persecution.”

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