6k Irish emigrants bound for Canada

Published:  2 Mar at 6 PM
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As reported by Inside Ireland, a minimum of 6,000 Irish workers are due to emigrate to Canada in 2012 as a result of a Western Canadian delegation’s recruitment drive in the country earlier this week.

The demand is now very strong for certain skills, as Canada is now in competition with Australia over Irish workers, says the delegation from British Columbia. The fact that several provinces in Canada are offering permanent residency to farmers eager to buy land and establish a new life in Canada will likely be very popular for many people in rural Ireland.

Migration expert Edwina Shanahan estimates that around 6,000 work permits will be granted in Canada to skilled workers from Ireland this year, reflecting Australia’s demand for Irish skilled workers.

But 11 occupations’ visa limits have already been reached, including Social Workers, Architects, Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management, Restaurant and Food Service Managers, Specialist Physicians, General Practitioners and Family Physician, Biologists and Related Scientists, Dentists, Pharmacists, Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses.

Ms Shanahan added that, although the limit does not apply for those with job offers, there are still only a limited amount of spots still available for chefs, cooks, carpenters, electricians, insurance claim examiners, plumbers, welders, crane operators and mechanics if they wish to apply for permanent resident visas without the trouble of finding a pre-arranged job offer.

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