Will #Brexit Affect Canada Immigration? Here’s What You Need to Know NOW

Brexit Affect Immigration

The stunning results of the British referendum that will see them exit the European Union has caused a sharp spike in Google searches on how to move from the UK to Canada.

This is similar to the spike in Google searches on how to move from the U.S. to Canada when Donald Trump seized control of the Republican presidential ballot during the Super Tuesday vote. Despite the parallel rise of right-wing politics with the desire to emigrate witnessed in both cases, the Brexit from the EU will not change Canadian immigration policies. Instead, Britain will likely require an influx of new workers to adjust to the economic situation created by the Brexit referendum.

Democratic Disappointment Isn’t Grounds For Canada Asylum

While it’s understandable that contentious political issues would drive interest in moving to a similar country, neither Britons nor Americans will be able to become a Canadian citizen because of disappointment with a democratic political process. The United States and the United Kingdom enjoy relaxed diplomatic relations with Canada, and all three countries allow citizens to visit for extended stays of a few months or longer without a complicated visa process.

However, these visa-free travel programs only apply if the traveller proves they’re going to leave the country within the allotted time. If you arrive in Canada and a border agent believes that you’ll attempt to stay, you’re more than likely to be refused entry.

Ironic Brexit: More immigration

Experts predict that Britain will need a “liberal policy for labour migration”, which means that people who wish to emigrate to the U.K. under work visas may increase soon. One of the biggest problems facing many European economies is a decline in working age residents, as the population becomes older. To combat the economic effects of a potential labor deficit combined with the Brexit, Britain will need to search for skilled workers to grow financially. Considering that the “leave” movement was focused on maintaining British sovereignty, the resulting requirement for immigration growth appears to be an ironic side effect of the referendum.

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Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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