Even though there are 1.3 million unemployed people in Canada, that country’s government has announced that it seeks a further 300,000 “immigrants” into the country next year.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Minister John McCallum told reporters that the new number “lays the foundation for future growth in immigration targets.”
The target number of immigrants from 2011 to 2015 was 260,000, but swelled to 300,000 this year because of what McCallum called the “special circumstances” of the Syrian refugee crisis.
McCallum claimed that the immigrants were needed to “boost the economy,” but statistics released by the government’s own statistical bureau show that there are currently 1,363,100 unemployed in Canada, making a mockery of his assertion.
According to the China Economic Net report on McCallum’s speech, the 2017 target boosts entries for those in the economic class—the so-called “skilled workers, businesspeople and caregivers”—to 172,500 from 160,600. In the family class, the number of sponsored spouses, partners, children, parents, and grandparents will climb to 84,000 from 80,000.
According to Statistics Canada figures, that country officially had a foreign-born population of about 6,775,800 people in 2011, representing 20.6 percent of the total population.
Between 2006 and 2011, around 1,162,900 foreign-born people immigrated to Canada. These recent immigrants made up 17.2 percent of the foreign-born population and 3.5 percent of the total population in Canada.
Statistics Canada reports that “Asia (including the Middle East) was Canada’s largest source of immigrants during the past five years, although the share of immigration from Africa, Caribbean, Central and South America increased slightly.”
More than 200 ethnic origins were reported in the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS). In 2011, 13 different ethnic origins had surpassed the one million mark.
Nearly 6,264,800 people identified themselves as a member of a “visible minority” group. They represented 19.1 percent of the total population. Of these “visible minorities,” 30.9 percent were born in Canada and 65.1 percent were born outside the country and came to live in Canada as immigrants.
Combined, the three largest “visible minority” groups—South Asians, Chinese, and Blacks—accounted for 61.3 percent of the “visible minority” population in 2011. They were followed by Filipinos, Latin Americans, Arabs, Southeast Asians, West Asians, Koreans, and Japanese.
The “visible minority” population had a median age of 33.4 in 2011, compared with 40.1 for the population as a whole, which means that the younger generations are going to be more heavily nonwhite than the older—and that the nonwhite to white replacement rate is going to speed up dramatically in a short while.