In recent news, the Newfoundland and Labrador province of Canada just may soon be having more immigrants on its soil. This is as per what Seamus O’Regan wants. O’Regan is the country’s federal cabinet minister and he believes that the province can definitely benefit more if there are more immigrants there. He is pushing for twice the number of immigrants at present.
O’Regan also works as a Member of the Parliament. He is also the country’s minister for Veterans Affairs. On doubling the immigration level in Newfoundland and Labrador, he has recently stated that the country’s minister for immigration is also agreeing with his proposal. Ahmed Hussen, the minister for immigration, believes that this could possibly work. Newfoundland and Labrador has a target of immigrants of 1,700 individuals by the year 2022. These two government officials are pushing for having at least 4,000 immigrants by that year instead of just 1,700.
In a recent statement, O’Regan has disclosed that Hussen is all set on his decision and he is willing to help O’Regan make this become a reality.
The need for immigrants
Why are these two government officials pushing for doubling the immigration level target in Newfoundland and Labrador? Well, according to O’Regan, immigrants can help the province greatly. There are a lot of individuals leaving the province and the new people can definitely help with getting more people as part of the population. Another reason is that the population in the province is aging. New blood through immigrants can help make it younger.
The very reason why they are pushing for 4,000 immigrants is that this is the right number and baseline that should help the province have a tax base that is growing. Currently this tax base is getting smaller and smaller and that is not a good sign. With more immigrants there, this should help make things better. 4,000 is definitely just the minimum and that is to stop any negative effects that the current situation of the province is bringing in. The new blood should also help grow the province’s economy and that should help Canada’s entire economy as well.
What could possibly happen
A study has been done by the local government of the province. According to the numbers, by the year 2025, the province should have a 10% decrease in terms of the age of population that can still work and do labor. This should mean around 35,000 less individual who would not be part of the labor force anymore. This situation can happen if the current trend continues and the government does not do anything about it.
Of course, there are still immigrants coming to the province and the number has been steadily rising. However, the numbers are not enough and that is why O’Regan and Hussen are working on getting better numbers soon.
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