As reported by the Nova Scotia government, it became the home to more than 4,000 immigrants in 2017. The spokesperson said that the residents were more than welcoming to the immigrants. Stating the truth, he also said that there are settlement challenges, but with a little more time given to them, they will fade away. The government’s October report had last calculated the immigrant number at 3,845, which means it, had obviously crossed 4,000 by the end of December 2017.
Lena Diab, Nova Scotia’s Immigration Minister, said that the more, the merrier. She hopes the number increases in 2018. Back in 2016, the count was 5,483, higher than 2017. Out of them, around 1,600 were Syrian immigrants. The immigration minister is glad that businesses started by immigrants are doing well. According to a survey done, she said that immigrants do better in Nova Scotia than anywhere else in the country. She is glad that she is a daughter of immigrants.
Diab was born in Nova Scotia, she and her parents moved to Lebanon when she was two and moved back at 11. She was also happy to announce the immigrants of Nova Scotia had higher than the average Canadian employment rates. Businesses started in Nova Scotia have a 71 percent success rate, which is an average of three years after starting. When coming to Canada, the average is 48 percent.
Immigration had a positive effect on the province
A survey conducted in 2017 by Nova Scotia Office of Immigration revealed that 85 percent Nova Scotians feel that immigration has a positive effect on the province. When the same survey conducted in 2016, the positive response was only 36 percent. So, it is a rapid growth within a year. Immigrants are filling up jobs and volunteering at the hospitals. These people are no more refugee or immigrant families, but families of Nova Scotia and everyone loves everyone there.