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Canadian Govt Rejecting Refugee Claims

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The Canadian government will be rejecting more refugee claim applications due to increased illegal crossings. According to Reuters, Canada brought down asylum claim approval rate from 53 percent in 2017 to 40 percent in the first quarter of 2018. Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board reported that no claims were approved in the first quarter of 2017. The board said that they have no plans to handle the increased crossings. Trudeau administration is clear that their first priority is safety and security of Canadians and integrity of the Canadian immigration system.

Asylum seekers are crossing the US – Canada border started rising from January 2017 and reached its maximum during the summers. The year was dominated by Haitians crossing the border as Trump canceled their temporary protected status, on the other hand, 2018 is dominated by Nigerians, who are misusing the US tourist visa to enter Canada. More than 7,600 Nigerians crossed the US – Canada border already between January and April 2018. It is only adding additional pressure on Canada’s backlogged asylum claim system.

It even prompted Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s immigration minister, to visit Nigeria to talk with the Nigerian government and US representatives to bring down illegal immigration levels. He made sure the message was clear and encouraged them to come to Canada legally for studying or through the Express Entry system. On the other hand, Canadian immigration senior officials talked with their US counterparts to tight tourist visa rules for Nigerian applicants. After the discussion, tourist visas issued to Nigerians came down by 10 percent.

Success rates

A representative of the Immigration and Refugee Board said that they’ve sped up the approval processing, but there are too many cases to go through. However, approval rates for Haitians and Nigerians are too low. Haitians have a nine percent approval rate, and Nigerians have a 33.5 percent approval rate, which is far below the average 40 percent.

Toronto Came Forward to Build Temporary Residence for Asylum Seekers

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Toronto is Canada’s largest city and most populated by immigrants and going through a major illegal immigration crisis. That hasn’t stopped the local government from building a temporary residence for asylum seekers so that who come to the city during the summers. It is definitely a rare move for a city which is swamped with a crisis. Apart from building refugee shelter, college dorms will accommodate around 800 asylum seekers in the summers. This plan will only work until August because colleges will start in September and it will start getting colder, so they’ll have to think of a new plan, and there isn’t much time to come up with one.

After Donald Trump became the US president, more than 27,000 illegal immigrants crossed the US – Canada border in that most of them were Haitians, Salvadorans, and Hondurans, whose temporary protected status was canceled by the president of US. Francisco Rico, co-director, FCJ Refugee Centre, Toronto, said that influx of asylum seekers had put excessive pressure on Canada’s backlogged refugee seeking system. He called the temporary residence a bandage, and it doesn’t help for the long term but gives them some months to come up with a solid plan. According to a bilateral agreement with the United States, Canada is supposed to turn away illegal immigrants, but that rule no more stands true with Canadian government’s values.

Issue with Nigerians

At the same time, the federal government is starting to reject a higher number of asylum claims from Nigerians who enter Canada by crossing the US – Canada border. Already 7,600 Nigerians have crossed the border between January and March 2018. These Nigerians apply for a US travel visa, and when they get it, they travel to the United States, roam for a few days and then walk their way into Canada. To dissolve the issue, Ahmed Hussen, Canadian immigration minister, had to travel Nigeria.

3 Best Universities in Canada for International Students

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The multi-cultural country of Canada is famous for its top quality education, safe and secure environment, and versatile student culture. Canada has a lot to offer for postgraduate students. The North American country’s median age is 44 years, which means its needs both skilled and unskilled labor. It is the leading country in immigration reforms and has exceptional employment opportunities.

Source: Jerusalem Post

Here are top three universities in Canada for international students:

1. McGill University

McGill University is unarguably the best university in Canada. It is a favorite among international students for its great quality education and rankings. Located in Montreal, the McGill University is has the most environment for international students. It has high employer activity, which ensures high paying jobs. Tuition fees are very low and the university also offers a lot of scholarships. Best courses to study are business and management, engineering, and finance.

2. University of British Columbia

It ranks 50th in the QS World University Rankings. This university is very popular among international students as well. Vancouver is the costliest city in the world and has really high standard of living. Despite that, there are great student accommodations and you can also work part-time to cover up the costs. Best subjects to study at the University of British Columbia are economics, engineering, and science.

3. University of Alberta

With its impeccable support services and high quality education, the University of Alberta gets over 6,500 international students every year. It is a tiny city but unlimited opportunities. The cost of living is also very low, which gives you the chance to save money and also explore around more. The weather is usually cold 10 months a year, so that might take a little adjusting to do. Best courses to study at the university are science and management.

Canada Tops The List The Global War For High Talent

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is helping the country tremendously. It is a two-year program launched by Canada to help companies to find talent that want to expand quickly. Through this program, Canadian companies have been able to find 1,600 employees from around the world. And it has only been two and a half months since the program started.

The program’s Global Skills Strategy reduces the amount of time it takes to clear a work permit application. The decision is made within two weeks rather than a month. It takes only half the amount of time than it usually needed. Navdeep Bains, minister of innovation, science and economic development, the tech sector has given a positive feedback. In these two and a half months, around 2000 people applied, out of which 1,600 already got the work permit. This means that the work is being done at a fast rate.

Canada wasn’t a first choice for many employees. They wanted to go to the US but looking at the political climate there, they chose Canada. Petra Axolotl, a former Twitter employee, moved to Canada from Singapore using this program. She didn’t want to move to Canada but she had to because Singapore didn’t identify her same sex partner.

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Trump is having a strong effect on everyone

Petra Axolotl had planned to move to the US after staying in Singapore for a while. But looking at the political condition she chose Canada. She said that Canada’s new program only took 10 days to approve her visa. It was very easy as well. Petra Axolotl is a data scientist and is currently working with a small tech company Platterz. She has already received the permanent resident status.

Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Immigration Minister, and Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, have always emphasized on immigration bringing them growth and prosperity.

New 10,000 Working Visas Released By Canada

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Last week Canada released its 2018 Immigration Policy and this week the government announced that they will issue 10,000 working visas for young Irish people. This is such a good news for those Irish people planning to move to a different country to find work. Canadian Immigration Services will be welcoming one million immigration over the next three years. Young Professional  and Working Holiday permits is available for working people between 18 to 35 years of age.

People can work in the country on this visa for two years. If a person comes on a International Co-Op visa, they can work until a one year only. Thousands of young Irish people migrate to Canada every year. It is a favorite country among many Irish jobseekers. Recently, the Canadian government said that are expanding their immigration policies. Canada has a median age of 41. Around 5 million people will retire in 2021. This means Canada needs workforce.

Old age is a threat to their economy. The Canadian government said that immigration has enhanced Canada.

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Wants to strengthen the economy

In a statement released by the Canadian government, they said that Canada is committed to immigration and is looking forward to welcoming more immigrants. They want to make Canada strong through economic growth and build a big diverse community. The government of Canada will do everything it takes to preserve peace and safety in the country and maintain border security.

Immigration plays an important role in pushing the economy forward. Canada is in a better position because of its immigrants. The country has a 75 percent growth rate because of immigrants and want to increase it to 100 percent in the coming years.

In 2017, Canada welcomed around 300,000 Syrian refugees. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was there to welcome them all. Canada is definitely leading the game when it comes to immigration.

Canada’s Generous Behavior With Immigrants Will Cost Them Greatly

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Mike Tippett is a Canadian entrepreneur, educator, and a columnist. He is the founder of NowPublic, a company that deals with citizen journalism. Some of his American entrepreneur friends had a talk with him before Trump took the office in January 2017. Tippett said that most of his friends had startups and tech companies in the Silicon Valley.

They were concerned because of US President’s take on immigration. Also, almost half of America’s startups are started by immigrants. The US tech companies knew it from the beginning that it will become difficult for immigrant skilled workers to get an US visa. Most tech companies have highly skilled immigrants working for them.

So Tippett gave a solution that will completely work in their favor. He told them to move to Vancouver, Canada and open offices there.

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Vancouver’s growing tech industry

Some of the major tech industries who have headquarters in Vancouver are Amazon, SAP, Microsoft, and Slack. Vancouver is closely located to major cities of the US as well. It is a two hour drive from Seattle. There are plenty of direct flights from San Francisco to Vancouver. Tippett feels there will be an increase in the tech industry count in Canada. Tippett owns another company True North, that helps tech immigrant workers with taxes and other necessary documents.

He said that earlier America was a country where you could go anytime and live the American dream. It doesn’t hold true anymore. You could be successful there and no one would kick you out. But now you never know when you will be deported.

Justin Trudeau’s government is fiercely marketing Canada as an alternative to America’s Silicon Valley. But immigrants can’t just show up. You have be highly skilled and deserving to be a part of Canada’s tech industry. Around 15,000 people illegally crossed the border from the US to Canada for a better life.

Canada Becoming A Hotbed For Startups and Innovation

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Canada is on its way to become the preferred destination for many ‘technopreneurs’ worldwide. Toronto is set to edge out the Silicon Valley and other places elsewhere, like for example many European countries.

The country north of USA has taken impressive measures in making the place attractive to businesses and entrepreneurs. It is not a surprise that this development coincides with the political changes happening globally. For example, the Canadian government has launched a startup visa this year. It allows foreign entrepreneurs to pitch in their innovative business plans to investors and allow them to have a PR if the investors come on board.

At the same time the political class in both Toronto and at the national level have adjusted policies and taxation levels to compliment the attraction. As more highly skilled talent migrates over to Canada, existing business and startups are lapping it up at a fast pace.

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Another event that propelled Canada and more specifically Toronto was the anti-immigration stance by the US administration. Many workers in the technology sector are migrating, or planning to migrate to Toronto. Their reasons are multi-fold. As if the scaremongering and immigration reforms were not enough, their primary reason seems to be the arduous journey in obtaining the coveted green card. Compared to the US, getting a permanent residence in Canada is much easier, according to some of them.

The heuristic view on this situation suggests that Canada is capitalizing on the visas and immigration fiasco that the US is undergoing now. It is not necessarily a bad thing though. Competition is always good for business. There is no conceivable doubt that when the US realizes what it is losing, there will be a quick reversal in its policy. Or it may begin to relax its visa norms.

In any case, the winner of this competition will neither be the US, nor Canada or any other developed country. It will always be you – the skilled migrant.

Asylum Seekers At The Canadian Border Triple In Number

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Canada prepares itself for rush of immigrants from Mexico

Canada is a place which has been attracting a fair share of immigrants since the visa debacle in the US and the restrictions in the UK. However, it has also been facing the problem of having asylum-seekers crowd up the borders illegally and this problem shows no sign of going away.

According to the latest Canadian government data, asylum seekers illegally crossing the U.S. border into Canada tripled if not more in the last month. Worried about Trump’s crackdown, some migrants are heading north to look for safety.

More than three thousand people crossed the border illegally in July in order to file refugee claims. They were arrested in numbers which was much higher than what was recorded in June.

Maximum of them went to Quebec where there has been a recent rise in the influx of asylum seekers. Opposition politicians and anti-immigrant groups are strongly opposed to the situation. Quebec also saw the entry of 3800 people in the first half of August. The federal and provincial governments are under tremendous pressure to deal with the situation where thousands of newcomers have arrived in less than two months.

Understanding the Problem

While Canada is known to be one of the most compassionate countries out there, the problem of refugee seekers is something that the Government of Canada has yet to address successfully. What is aiding the problem is that more refugees are now choosing Canada as their next home.

Canada is unable to provide shelter and social assistance for all the asylum seekers. The refugee crisis has hit an all-time low. The Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) has redeployed resources to efficiently deal with the Quebec arrivals. Haitians, who might be deported from the US after the expiration of their temporary protected status, are seeking asylum in Canada and are responsible for more than half the influx.

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