India Is Second Biggest Source For Migrants In Canada

India Is Second Biggest Source For Migrants In Canada

The newly released data by the country has seen India taking the second place as the biggest source country for permanent residency in the Canada. The feat makes Indians account for over 15% of the total population or 38,000.

The report on Immigration, which is announced annually, showed an upswing in the number of a permanent resident from India with whooping number increase of above 5,000 in 2014 as against the figure in the previous annual report.

India comes second after the Philippines which has maintained itself as the highest source country for Permanent residence. The Philippines, India, and China have been the countries topping the chart for several years now.

The report also had it that the state plans to grant permanent residency to almost 20,000 immigrants this year 2016. The first immigration plan by the Liberal government headed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Canadian Immigration Minister John McCallum stated that Immigration has been the consistent program that helps build Canada to where it is today, as such the government will continue to uphold the program.

The Indian community in Canada has an interesting history which spans above a century. Setting out with just an insignificant number of immigrants arriving the ashore in Vancouver, British Columbia, Indo-Canadians now makes up one of Canada’s biggest and most well-formed  immigrant communities.

At arrival inVancouver in 1904 when the immigration policy was tough, a few thousand of the immigrants (mostly Sikh) even at the difficult immigration climate began carving a space in Vancouver’s economy for themselves. The immigrants were largely successful entrepreneurs who served their community and business people all over the city.

After sometime after their arrival and settling down, the government of Canada passed two laws that canceled any move of immigration from India; this persisted for some decades. The laws started that new Indian immigrants were to take with them $200 in cash on arriving Canada, despite European immigrants allowed entry with just $25 and the other was that for Indian immigrants to arrive through a continuous journey from a sub-continent and this was nearly impossible at that time.

When the Canadian government in the mid-sixties moved against its discriminatory immigration policies and welcomed multiculturalism, this opened the room once again for immigration from India and in no distant time, there were multiplications of immigrants to add to the community of Indo-Canadians. This surge still continues till today as Canada has become a home to over 1.25 million persons of the Indian origin.

In 2013, the Canadian issued 33,000 Indians with permanent resident visas. While 130,000 Indians came for visits in the same year, 14,000 students arrived the country for their various studies. The Canada’s family sponsorship programs have made it possible for those with permanent visas to be opportune to sponsor their parents for permanent residency or extended visits and by this, there is been family reunion which has help to strengthen family bonds.