Focus should be on economic immigrants: Researchers

Economists suggest more economic immigrants come to Canada

According to this article in the Huffington Post, researchers are urging Citizenship and Immigration Canada to focus on more economic immigrants, such as those through theskilled worker classes as opposed to family class immigrants and refugees.

The researchers are economists from Queen’s University who are working on a paper that details how much income different types of immigrants to Canada bring in. During this time, Citizenship and Immigration Canada is also holding cross-country consultations with the public to determine what kind of mix of immigrants Canada should be focusing on in its immigration policies.

Economic immigrants make more money than other immigrants to Canada

According to a study by the researchers, economic immigrants make between 30 and 56 per cent more money annually than immigrants from other classes, but immigrants of all skill levels experienced lower earnings during recessions. Economic immigrants were often the hardest hit during major layoffs because they were generally new arrivals to jobs and had less seniority than other employees.

Online immigration questionnaire now open

Meanwhile, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has officially opened up its consultations to the public: from August 29th to September 19th, people can fill out the questionnaire and give their input on Canada’s immigration levels here.


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

  • Peter

    It is totally understandable that our country wants to focus on admitting those immigrants who can provide skills needed by employers. I think it is a right decision and one of the ways to get through tough economic times.

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