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Immigration Lawyer Michael Niren Quoted In Yahoo News: Are Canada’s Immigration Statistics At A Record High?

The government has released immigration statistics for 2012, saying that “Canada continued the highest sustained level of immigration in Canadian history” for the seventh year in a row. Immigration Lawyer Michael Niren

According to the statistics, 248,751 immigrants came to Canada in 2011, while that number jumped to 257,515 for 2012. For comparison, Canada’s annual target of about 250,000 immigrants represents 0.8 per cent of Canada’s total population, while the United States’ target of about one million represents only 0.4 per cent of their population.

Should Provinces be getting the credit for higher immigration levels in Canada?

But perhaps the federal government shouldn’t be taking credit for the higher numbers when it is the provinces in Canada that are doing more to bring immigrants to the country.

Our own immigration lawyer Michael Niren was quoted in the article and discussed this very subject.

“A closer look at these numbers reveals that the big increase is through the Provincial Nominee Programs rather than the Federal Skilled Worker or Sponsorship routes,” he said. “What this tells us is that the doors are opening provincially but the federal program numbers are in fact decreasing, not increasing.”

He continued, “Notable exceptions is the Super Visa Program for Parents and Grandparents, which are temporary, not permanent, visas. So a deeper look at the data reveals that the Feds are not keeping up with the demand. The provinces should be given the ‘golden star’ this time around.”

The article continued to demonstrate how different economists and business groups agree with this stance, saying that Canada should up the number of immigrants it accepts every year to about 400,000.

The full article can be found here.

Post script to this Immigration Story…..

After this story was published, I was advised by a reporter for Yahoo News that Immigration Minister Kenny’s Office took issue with my quote in this article:

My quote:
“A closer look at these numbers reveals that the big increase is through the Provincial Nominee Programs rather than the Federal Skilled Worker or Sponsorship routes. What this tells us is that the doors are opening provincially but the federal program numbers are in fact decreasing, not increasing,” he told Yahoo! Canada News.
 
The Minister’s office allegedly claimed that “it’s the Feds who Allocate the provincial numbers”

My Response  to this was:

“that this doesn’t change the fact that the numbers for the traditional Federal routes which are generally not  as restrictive in terms of applicant pre-arranged employment, destination of settlement, investment requirements etc., are on the decline. The PNPs are just no substitue for the Fed programes such as Family Sponsor, FSW program etc which are more open ended and have served as a main stream for immigration for decades. The PNPs are great and are not unilaterally controlled by the Feds but are negotiated with the Provinces.

Tipping the balance so heavily in favor of PNPs at the expense of the Federal Programs is not the answer”

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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