Canada: Transforming lives with expectations and costs of new experience
The preponderance of immigrants in Canada is a significant reason for larger number of them being devoid of the opportunity to get the right kind of job that matches their skill set. Immigrants to Canada are taken mainly under the categories of highly skilled workers, low skilled workers and agricultural workers. As skilled workers, applicants are expected to be admitted on the basis of their education, years of work experience and occupation. There is another in the category of business class who are admitted in the capacity of investors with sufficient financial assets, especially entrepreneurs whose experience is deemed to be useful for the Canadian economy.
There is never a guarantee that all will be equally prosperous even if a policy for immigrants constitutes a commitment towards social and economic progress. The emerging identity of Canada as a diasporic country that supports the protection and promotion of openness has led to the country being accepted as home for people of diverse origins. It is viewed as a comfortable global suburb where activities can be conducted in a comfortable and secure atmosphere.
However, there is an absence of information on some basic facts about the costs and trade-offs. This is so because not much effort has been made to publicize relevant information. In the absence of information there are some facts that get represented. Conditions in Canada are much different from that in the US or the UK where there is vast literature available on the costs and benefits of living in those nations. A basic reason for the absence of empirical information on the cost and benefits of living in Canada is that it had generally been decided that such issues should not get publicized for reasons of keeping it out of political debates. The implications of immigration were generally restricted to the requirement of foreign workers for reasons of economic progress and cultural impact.
It cannot be taken as the only real facts that Canada is not able to meet the approximate expectations of immigrants. The general opinion about the nation can still be described as a prosperous and progressing global suburb. Estimations and assimilation of individual experiences in separate enclaves will be difficult to be absorbed as current state of possibilities and opportunities in the country. More intensive contacts with immigrants and assessment of challenges to be overcome will require further exploration.
For future, it may become imperative for the Government of Canada to comprehensively analyze and debate and develop plans to address the many implications of allowing immigration and creating conditions in the country’s economy to accommodate comfortable and progressive economic well being of such communities. Related issues of citizenship, integration and enforcement have to be accomplished through the development population policy that can transcend the superficiality of progressive advocacy and real conclusions with respect to interests of immigrants.