New survey shows majority of Canadians support less migration

Published:  12 Mar at 6 PM
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A recent survey of just under 2,000 Canadians revealed that 70 per cent of respondents are in favour of tougher immigration rules.

The survey, carried out by Forum Research, seems to have logged on to Canadian nationals’ fears that migrants will take jobs intended for Canadian workers. The results indicate that slowing down the flow of immigration is the preferred option for over two-thirds of the country’s residents.

However, the study also indicated that most residents who were in favour of less migration felt that immigrants should be allowed to bring their dependent children and spouses with them. According to Roderic Beaujot, a former professor of sociology at Western University, it’s interesting that realism is employed even when immigration is criticised.

According to Canadian immigration minister Jason Kenney, migrant and student numbers from the Philippines, China and India peaked in 2012, with 32,704, 32,990 and 28,889 arrivals respectively gaining permanent residence in the country. Kenney stated that Canada was aiming to attract the brightest and best as well as higher numbers of visitors by streamlining immigration procedures and shortening waiting times.

Most respondents, including those who supported tougher immigration controls, also agreed that immigrants should be allowed to hold dual citizenships. Most of those surveyed were enthusiastic about controlled migration from countries holding similar values to those in Canada.
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