Canada is a cordial country for newcomers. As per a new study, even Canadians believe that immigration is one of the reasons for making Canada multicultural and a more diverse country.
The people of Canada are becoming more accepting of immigration from the past year. They seem agreeable to the rising immigration levels as immigrants are not a threat to their jobs but good for economic growth in Canada.
Immigration is also imperative for maintaining population growth as the aging population is increasing and Canada needs young immigrants to sustain economic growth.
This survey was conducted by the Environics Institute which is a non-profit organization that encourages social research. These findings are based on telephone interviews of nearly 2,000 Canadians.
Approximately 66 percent of Canadians are comfortable with higher immigration levels. The residents of Canada are becoming more optimistic about immigration.
Canadians living in Alberta, particularly first-generation Canadians are more confident regarding high immigration numbers.
In Atlantic Canada too, people are becoming much more welcoming of new immigrants. Highly educated Canadians with good income have positive views towards immigration in Atlantic Canada.
Half of Canadians do agree that Canada needs a large number of immigrants for population growth. Due to low birth rates, Canada requires a large number of newcomers each year to prevent the population from shrinking.
Around 70 percent of respondents in Atlantic Canada, 71 percent of first-generation citizens, and 66 percent of highly educated Canadians agree to the view that immigration is essential for a boost in population growth.
Most Canadians, around 84 percent, admit that immigration has a positive impact on the economy. And about 78 percent believe that Canadians are not deprived of jobs due to new immigrants. Also, 71 percent have said that Canada should take in skilled workers who are denied U.S. visas now.