Canada to block middle-aged UK expats

Published:  22 Sep at 2 PM
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Canada is aiming to attract more younger British workers to the country and is prepared to block middle-aged expats from the UK as a way of doing so.

The country is an extremely popular destination for British professionals to take up employment, but official data has revealed that the average expat moving across the Atlantic from the UK is above the age of 40 and not part of the younger generation which Canada is targeting.

The changes are part of a move to revamp the Federal Skilled Worker Program. Research has shown that the expats from Britain are older than people from other countries which is increasing the strain on the country’s problem of an ageing workforce. As of next year, British expats above the age of 35 will be marked down on the Skilled Worker Program.

Another problem for Canada is that many expats are finding it tough to find employment in their desired field because employers in the country do not always recognise qualifications from other countries.

Even though expats from the UK face being marked down if they are over 35, they can claw back points for their level of English, as points for language are going up. Last year more than 650 British expats moved to Canada with their families after being granted permanent residency via the Federal Skilled Worker Program.
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