The changing Demography with the revised Immigrant Policy
With the revision in Immigration Policy the Demography of the nation also undergoes changes
Any nation would experience a change in the Demographic Structure with the changes in the rules and regulation of Immigration Policies.
A nation like Canada where the immigrants actually constitute a huge percentage of population would sure experience “immigration policy” to be the biggest instrument.
In the past decade the nation has seen a population growth rate of 1% with 0.61% net migration rate. This number was higher that the counterparts of the nation.
The nation has seen more changes in the last few months than it had seen in the entire history.
The change started in 2008 when out of 100 professions only 29 were included in the list of National Occupational Classification (NOC). Since July 1, 2012 CIC has stopped accepting applications in this category.
On one hand, CIC allows parents and grandparents to come and stay with the family for not more than two years whereas on the other hand restriction on spousal sponsorship has raised a question on the married life of such immigrants.
The other point to consider is the “language efficiency”. CIC believes that the immigrants must know one of the two languages either English or French so that they can integrate with Canadian culture.
In this regard Jason Kenney, Immigration Minister says, “We need economic immigrants who speak one of our official languages and have credentials likely to be recognized so that they transit smoothly into Canadian life”. Adding to this he says, “We want to facilitate their economic as well as social and cultural-participation into Canadian society.” He considers this to be an instrument in nation building.
English proficiency will be an indirect invitation to immigrants from English speaking nations. The nation might not be preferred by countries where the native language is anything else but English. There is every possibility that the nation would lose upon such immigrants.
The population will be lopsided with English speaking immigrants dominating the chart.
There are skilled individuals in many of the “Non English Speaking Countries”. Nation might lose upon them leaving the “labor market” with a crunch of skilled people.
There is an effort to establish relationship with Far East countries to reduce the reliance on USA. These countries are mostly “Non English Speaking”.
The Government assures that the changing policies have not impacted the immigration from these countries though, yet claims have been made that Asian countries are shifting their preference from Canada to other nations.