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A cabinet minister who has been assigned the task to watch the population growth of the province is planning to meet his federal counterpart in his bid to improve the immigration numbers in New Brunswick.

On Wednesday, Minister Victor Boudreau, said that in order to attract and retain quality immigrants, the province needs to streamline its immigration process for skilled workers and their families. He said that in spite of the provincial nominee program, there are still some barriers to immigration.

The minister said during an interview after the session on benefits of immigration that there is an urgent requirement to speed up the process of immigration and also aim at uniting family members so as to improve retention in the province. He said that at present, newcomers retention rate is just around the sixty percent mark which he said, needs to be over eighty percent.

Chairwoman of the Asian Heritage Society of New Brunswick, Madhu Verma, said that more support should be extended to newcomers after they step in the province. She said that the government should not assume their work done the moment immigrants get a job in the province and that further support in form of language training, social networks and businesses should be provided to newcomers.

She also said that most immigrants come to the province alone and start a new life without their dear ones, so if the government really wants to better the retention in the province then visitors’ visas should be facilitated for immigrants’ family members and friends.

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