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Canada Wants More Immigrants


Canada's immigration policy attracted a record number of foreigners, in an attempt to address labor shortages. Last year 429,649 immigrants moved to Canada. Unlike their southern neighbors, Canadians appear less afraid of international outsiders taking their jobs.

Needing more workers, Canada's government is trying to speed up the permanent resident process. Currently, 900,000 applicants are backlogged, some waiting up to six years.

Unlike in the US, where immigration rhetoric and policy can make or break a politician, immigration holds a less rousing place in Canadian politics. Still, describing Canada's labor shortage is a tricky task. There is a debate surrounding whether Canada is actually short in low-skilled labor.

Do you think citizens are more likely to welcome educated professionals, rather than low-skilled foreigners? If Canadians don't want to take unpleasant low-skilled jobs, should employers push to hire foreigners, or raise wages to attract natives, remembering that the price of goods may rise with wages?

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