Rising immigration levels, free citizenship: What to expect after Canada election

Rising immigration levels, free citizenship: What to expect after Canada election

The Liberal Party seized the day in the recently concluded Canada election which means that the current immigration policies will remain largely intact.

Reports indicate that despite the fact that they won with a minority in parliament, the Liberals can still proceed with their agenda to increase the immigrant population.

”The target will increase from 330,800 in 2019 to 350,000 by 2021,” CIC news said on Tuesday.

There are indications that this number could continue to increase to an average of 10,000 immigrants per year in the next two years.

CIC further reported that Liberals will only need the support of one of the other three political parties who already have somewhat similar views on the subject.

It is for this purpose that the party in their first term initiated the Atlantic Immigration Program(AIP).

This is a partnership between Canada’s government and provinces in the Atlantic region intended to bring in immigrants with various skill sets to work in the area.

The problem however is that the immigrants largely chose to settle in the larger cities leaving other parts of the country with a serious shortage of skilled labor.

To address this challenge; the Liberal government, in their freshly warded mandate, plans to launch the Municipalities Nominee Program(MNP).

This is with the view to increase the number of people going to smaller cities and towns.

As much as there are many questions about the distribution of the immigrants, CIC news argues that the government has the option of excluding regions that benefited from other immigration programs such as the AIP.

Apart from the MNP, the government plans to institute further measures to attract immigrants.

One of them is to waive fees for those planning to apply for citizenship.

The Liberal government is also planning to increase the allocation for the application process in the 2023-2024 year to $110 million (about Ksh. 11 billion) up from the current $75 million (about Ksh 7.5 billion).

The government also plans to increase its allocation that facilitates the settlement of its new immigrants from the already colossal amount of $1.5 billion (about Ksh. 150 billion).

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