Canada to let 300,000 immigrants enter country in 2017
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Dushanbe, /. Canada said on Monday it would let 300,000 immigrants into the country in 2017, maintaining this year's target despite recommendations to increase it to help spur economic growth, The Guardin reports.
The government said it was establishing 300,000 as a new baseline for the admission of permanent residents, with the majority of those allowed into the country to be selected as economic immigrants.
While the target is unchanged from 2016's plan, it is above the average of 259,542 immigrants admitted from 2011 to 2015.
Immigration minister John McCallum told reporters that making the 300,000 target permanent laid the foundation for future immigration growth.
I do believe it is true that more immigrants for Canada would be a good policy for demographic reasons, McCallum told reporters.
An economic advisory council to finance minister Bill Morneau recently recommended that Canada increase its annual immigration target to 450,000 over the next five years to attract top talent to Canadian companies.
Under next year's plan, the number of immigrants admitted under the economic category will increase to 172,500 from 160,600 this year, the government said. The number of refugees will decrease to 40,000 from 55,800.
Canada has a population of about 35 million.
Source: National information agency of Tajikistan