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HOW COVID-19 HAS AFFECTED IMMIGRATION IN CANADA

As the pandemic continues to hit the globe, the world governments have come up with stringent measures to ensure that their people remain safe from Covid-19. 

Canada remains one of those countries adversely affected by Covid-19. Nevertheless, residents have continued to exercise safe practices like staying safe within their homes, proper washing of hands, avoiding public gatherings and by proper use of face masks. 

Much as time may heal the world from the effects of the pandemic, many people wonder if there will be return to normalcy especially in immigration matters. 

Even with the chaos caused by the Corona Virus, Canada remains a popular destination for immigrants from different parts of the world. Besides that, immigrants are a valuable addition to our country both economically and socially. 

So, will immigrants continue to trickle into Canada post Covid-19? 

Many governments have been compelled to have their boarders shutdown and stringent measures laid down with the knowledge that more movements might trigger another phase of the pandemic and therefore be a major threat to the whole world. 

Billions have been spent on supporting the most affected people in Canada (for example CERB) and that indicates that the more we feel the impact of the pandemic the more the government may have to dig deeper into the country’s financial reservoir or even borrow leading to huge national debt.  Eventually we may have to free ourselves from the debts and restore the economy.  One way of paying back the loans without straining on our economy is to allow for immigration that will see our economy rise up the ladder. 

Immigrants take up 21.9% of Canada’s population which is expected to rise to 24.5–30% by 2036. Economic immigrants are 60% of other immigrants like family class, refugees and international students. There is definitely urgent need for the governments to safeguard the lives of their people. The Canadian Government is still accepting most permanent resident applications. However, reviewing and processing them has been affected by COVID-19 and therefore they are not able to currently estimate any processing times.

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