Canada’s immigration system is one of the top in the world for recruiting immigrant workers. This is according to a new report released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The report is part of a series produced by OECD, comparing immigration policies of OECD member countries.
The OECD report finds that Canada’s longstanding history of helping workers immigrate to the country has resulted in significant success. For example, 60 percent of first generation immigrants in Canada have completed higher education. This is the highest percentage in the entirety of the OECD.
Canada’s decades-long commitment to skilled migration has resulted in more than 20 percent of Canadians having been born outside of the country. This commitment to skilled migration is also evident in the extensive services Canada provides to new immigrants, including pre-arrival services before immigrants land in Canada, as well as settlement services for after newcomers have arrived.
The successes of Canada’s immigration policies are also evidenced by annual intakes of immigrants across immigration pathways. In 2019, Canada aims to accept more than 330,000 new permanent residents.
According to the report, Canada’s also is the fastest growing destination for international students of all OECD countries. Plus, more and more international students want to stay in Canada after they graduate, with the number of Post-Graduation Work Permits (PGWPs) increasing five-fold in the past five years.
However, despite the many successes of the Canadian immigration system, the OECD did have several recommendations for changes to immigration policy.