Shortly after the federal government announced plans for its ambitious goal of welcoming 500,000 immigrants a year by 2025, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced targets. its strategy for Asia and the Americas.
The federal government’s immigration goals emphasize getting more permanent residents with the skills and work experience needed to fill Canada’s historic labor shortage.
Its plan also envisages an overall decline in refugee numbers, from a high of 76,000 in 2023 to less than 73,000 in 2025, which Immigration Minister Sean Fraser attributed to the plan. government to complete the resettlement of 40,000 Afghan refugees next year.
IRCC’s newest goals, developed in consultation with global affairs Canada, Border Services Canada and Public Safety Canada, are aimed at improving immigration patterns. and asylum in Canada through cooperation with foreign governments.
The partnership goals outlined in Asia and the Americas give a clearer picture of Canada’s immigration goals for each country.
You can find the full list in the latest IRCC report.
- Afghanistan: As part of its mission to increase support and protection for refugees and vulnerable communities around the world, Canada has committed to accepting more than 40,000 Afghan refugees.
- Bangladesh: Canada has indicated that it intends to work closely with the government of Bangladesh to improve the size and scope of its migration initiatives. Also mentioned as a major concern was the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh, in line with Canada’s goal of strengthening international refugee protection.
- China: IRCC enters negotiations with China on an as-needed basis to resolve mutually irritating issues such as long wait times for visas. As Canada continues to implement immigration measures in response to its treatment of Uighurs and Hong Kongers, bilateral relations have become fragile.
- India: India has long been a major contributor to Canadian immigration. According to IRCC, 25% of all permanent residents in 2019 came from India. IRCC will continue to advance Canada’s interests by fostering economic and social ties with India and accelerating the scale of its immigration efforts.
- Pakistan: In addition to partnering with the government to support relief efforts for people affected by the crisis in nearby Afghanistan, Canada wants to boost overall immigration from Pakistan even more.
- Korea: In an effort to promote resettlement and integration activities among Korean immigrants in Canada, IRCC intends to cooperate with the Korean government.
- Brazil: In an effort to strengthen bilateral agreements and economic ties with Brazil, IRCC will continue to support legal immigration programs from Brazil while promoting immigration for Brazilians. Brazil is seen as an important partner for all its goals in the Americas, so the government will continue to improve processing times and immigration channels for Brazilians.
- Columbia: While addressing illegal immigration from Columbia, dealing with repatriation, and assisting asylum seekers and refugees from neighboring Venezuela, Canada will work with Columbia officials to encourage legal channels for immigrants from the country.
- Haiti: Canada will work with Haiti to assist with regular immigration between the two countries while also assisting those in need of asylum and are seeking protection in Canada.
- Mexico: By promoting legal immigration pathways such as the CUSMA work visa program, Canada will seek to step up its regular migration efforts with Mexico. As well as helping refugees and asylum seekers, IRCC will work with Mexico to deal with illegal entry cases. Canada considers Mexico an important partner in achieving its regional strategic goals.