Since 2006, Canadian immigration applications from many Asian countries have dropped by more than half. Critics claim that the drop in applications from China, India, the Philippines and Pakistan is because the country's recent policy changes favour some immigrant countries over others.
Statistics show a significant drop
in the annual number of Chinese, Indians, Filipinos and Pakistanis applying for
permanent residency between 2006 and 2011. Specifically, applications from China
fell 45 percent; India by almost 51 percent; the Philippines by 32 percent; and
Pakistan by 65 percent.
While the number of Canadian immigration
applications did decrease overall for the top 10 source countries, the declines
of the Asian countries were bigger than English or French-speaking countries.
The top 10 source countries include the US, France, the UK, China, and India.
Additionally, according to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the
number of immigration applications from the US has dropped by only 10 percent
and applicants from France fell by 7 percent in 2011.
In recent years,
Canada has been making significant changes to the immigration system by
tightening language requirements, restricting eligibility to limited occupations
in demand, and capping the amount of applications accepted each year. If you
would like to see what occupations are still available for Canada's Federal
Skilled Worker Program, please check our updated report here.
"I really don't
care where people come from as long as they are able to succeed in Canada. I
think more employers have the same attitude," Canadian Immigration Minister
Jason Kenney said. "One issue here is language proficiency. All of the data says
the primary reason why foreign trained professionals are not hired in Canada is
language proficiency, which is an indicator of people's soft social
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