Why is Canada loosing more immigrants now?
For many years, a tide of immigrants has been arriving in Canada in order to get better job opportunities, or in some cases, refuge from some kind of persecution. Now, for the fifth continuous year, that surge for people has ebbed; there has been a gradual increase in the number of people who are opting to leave Canada and a slight reduction in the total number of people immigrating here.
This change does not seem to be a reflection of our economy, which has been performing the best among countries outside Asia.
The raw numbers reveal a slow but consistent increase in the total number of people leaving Canada, a drop of approximately 8.6 percent since 2003. Furthermore, as a percentage of the number coming here, those deporting has risen from 15.6 percent of total immigrating in the year 2005, to 17.6 percent last year. Though this proportion has not been very large, but given the fact that it is rising consistently is significant.
Our economic draw has remained strong, but perhaps, the rising hostility to some of the non-European groups can be termed as a factor, in spite of the fact that Canada has generally seemed to be more of a tolerant society. And yes, currency has also been an upsetting point. The sharp rise in the Canadian dollar should have served as an added attraction to foreign workers. Every dollar sent home by foreign workers four years ago earns about one-third more nowadays in foreign currency. It was believed that with the increase in the value of Canadian dollar, the interest in moving here will remain, but unfortunately, that has not happened.