Canada, one of Nigerian’s top destinations is set to bring in over 1.2m immigrants in the next three years, reports stated.
Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau has revealed that his country is set to bring in over 1.2 million new immigrants over the next three years, OnyxNews Nigeria reports according to globalnews Canada.
The Immigration Minister, Marco Mendicino revealed this while showing what he termed an “ambitious” three-year immigration plan that set targets for bringing skilled workers (Mostly Nigerians), family members and refugees into Canada.
Speaking to journalists in Ottawa, the country’s capital on Friday, Mendicino said: “the Canadian government aims to accept 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021, another 411,000 in 2022 and then 421,000 in 2023″.
He said, Canada needs more workers “and immigration is the way to get there”.
“Before the pandemic, our government’s goal to drive the economy forward through immigration was ambitious. Now it’s simply vital,” Canada Immigration Minister said, while pointing out that immigrants drive the population and economic development that pays for important programs like health care.
Canada, one of the top destinations of Nigerians, had expected to bring in 341,000 skilled workers, family members of Canadians and refugees in 2020.
But because of the crisis of COVID-19 including closed borders and visa offices, quarantines also few available international flights, only a fraction came.
To assist make up the shortfall, Mendicino said the government would offer permanent resident status to temporary foreign workers, international students, and asylum claimants already in Canada.