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Canada ranked fourth most-accepting country in the world for immigrants

 

Saskatchewan opens Express Entry sub-category to 400 applications

Saskatchewan opens Express Entry sub-category to 400 applications

Canada ranked fourth most-accepting country in the world for immigrants[/caption]

New Gallup study says acceptance of immigrants ‘follows political fault lines’ in Canada and the U.S.

Canada is the fourth most-accepting country in the world when it comes to immigrants, a new study by Gallup says.

Canada scored 8.14 out of a possible 9 in Gallup’s Migrant Acceptance Index, which put it fourth out of 140 countries in terms of how accepting their populations are of newcomers. Iceland was ranked first, followed by New Zealand and Rwanda.

Gallup says it created the index to assess people’s acceptance of immigrants based on what it calls “increasing degrees of proximity.” This is assessed through three questions that ask respondents whether immigrants living in their country, becoming their neighbours and marrying into their homes are “good things or bad things.”

Canada’s score is based on the answers of 2,000 Canadians aged 15 and older who were surveyed between August 10 and November 29, 2017 — a time that saw a significant spike in the number of people crossing into Canada from the United States and claiming asylum in response to immigration policies introduced by U.S. President Donald Trump.

The United States ranked ninth on the index with a score of 7.86.

Acceptance ‘follows political fault lines’

Gallup’s Migrant Acceptance Index echoes a recent Environics Institute study that found a majority of Canadians continue to hold positive views about immigration.

In their report, Gallup researchers Neli Esipova, Julie Ray and Anita Pugliese said residents of both Canada and the United States “are still among the most accepting of migrants in the world” but noted that acceptance in both countries “largely follows political fault lines.”

“Both Canada and the United States have long histories as receiving countries, but in the past two years, one government has embraced that history, while the other has been trying to distance itself from it,” the authors wrote.

In the United States, where the Trump Administration has targeted immigration as a threat to national security and American workers, respondents who said Trump is doing a good job scored 7.08 out of 9 on the index. Those who disapproved of Trump’s performance scored 8.54.

A parallel trend was observed in Canada when it comes to the performance of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose Liberal government has spoken favorably of immigration and taken steps to increase it. The authors say those who approve of Trudeau’s performance scored an 8.64 on Gallup’s Migrant Acceptance Index, while those who disapprove of him scored 7.84.

Faith, age, education among determining factors

The survey also found that respondents in both the United States and Canada who said religion is an important part of their daily lives scored lower on the Migrant Acceptance Index than those for whom religion is not so important.

Those who support Trump and self-identify as religious scored 6.97 on Gallup’s index. Conversely, those who disapprove of Trump and are not religious scored 8.61.

“Americans who are highly religious are more likely to identify as Republicans — the party of the president — and as conservatives,” the study’s authors noted. “More-religious Canadians tend to affiliate with the Conservative Party more than Trudeau’s [Liberal] Party.”

The study found acceptance of immigrants in both countries was higher among younger residents, those with the most education and those living in urban areas. Levels of acceptance were also higher in both Canada and the U.S. among those currently working and those who reported being satisfied with their income and standard of living than among those who were not working or did not feel like they were getting their fair share.

 

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Express Entry Candidates focus on new Ontario Invitation round

Express Entry candidates focus on new Ontario invitation rounds

Express Entry candidates focus on new Ontario invitation rounds

Express Entry candidates focus on new Ontario invitation rounds

Invitation rounds are third in April for Skilled Trades and French-Speaking Skilled Worker streams

Ontario has invited 75 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination through its Skilled Trades and French-Speaking Skilled Workers streams.

Held April 25 and 26, the invitation rounds were the third to take place in each stream since April 11.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) said candidates selected in this round through the Skilled Trades Stream submitted their Express Entry profiles between January 1, 2018, and April 25, 2018.

Those invited through the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream submitted their Express Entry profile between January 1, 2018, and April 26, 2018.

Ontario has now issued 545 Notifications of Interest (NOIs) through Ontario’s Skilled Trades Stream since the start of 2018 and 384 through the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream.

The Skilled Trades Stream is for skilled workers with a valid profile in the federal Express Entry system who qualify for the Canadian Experience Class and have work experience in an eligible skilled trade.

The French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream was launched in 2015 to target French-speaking Express Entry candidates who qualify for either the Federal Skilled Worker Class or the Canadian Experience Class and who have sufficient English language abilities (CLB 6 or higher). The program was created to help bolster Ontario’s francophone population, which numbers around 500,000 people and is the largest francophone population outside of Quebec.

There is no minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score requirement for either stream.

There are also unique provincial criteria for both the Skilled Worker Stream and French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream.

Express Entry candidates who are issued a Notification of Interest by Ontario and receive a provincial nomination are awarded an additional 600 CRS points, leaving them well positioned to receive an Invitation to Apply, or ITA, in a later Express Entry Draw.

Express Entry candidates who received an NOI in this latest invitation round have 45 calendar days from the date the NOI letter was issued to submit an online application to the OINP.

The first step to pursuing any of Ontario’s Express Entry-linked streams is to submit a profile to the federal Express Entry pool.

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Tourism NZ, Immigration NZ move to boost Indian Market

Tourism NZ, Immigration NZ move to boost Indian market

Tourism NZ, Immigration NZ move to boost Indian market

Tourism NZ, Immigration NZ move to boost Indian market

Tourism New Zealand and Immigration NZ have signed a raft of MOUs in India that will reduce visitor visa wait times there from 15 days to just three for those wanting to come here.

The initiative, part of Immigration NZ’s Tourism Industry Partnership Programme, aims to help lift Indian visitor numbers here from just over 63,000 in the year to March, to 100,000 annually by 2023.

The MOUs are with four key travel agents: Thomas Cook India, SOTC Travel, Cox and Kings and Kulin Kumar Holidays. They will target high-value Indian visitors for New Zealand.

“This new visa process will make it even easier for Indian travelers to experience New Zealand,” TNZ’s regional manager of the south and south-east Asia, Steven Dixon, told local media. “This agreement will ensure that New Zealand welcomes even higher caliber visitors.”

The number of visitors from India in the March 2018 year was up 18.5% on the previous 12-month period. Visitors spent an average of 13 days in New Zealand.

“Increasing awareness through different promotional programmes and tying up with travel agents, who have promoted NZ as a preferred destination has helped us in achieving this growth,” said Dixon.

Thomas Cook India said NZ was growing as a destination for both families and millennial travelers with its combination of extreme sports and spectacular scenery.

“We have seen a strong and steady growth of travelers heading to NZ,” said Rajeev Kale, president and country head of holidays at Thomas Cook India

“With a growth of more than 19% over the last few years, it has turned into a key market for Thomas Cook India. This new visa process will make it even easier for Indian travelers to experience New Zealand and we are confident of seeing higher uptake.”

India is New Zealand’s 11th largest international tourism market with around 60% of visitors free independent travelers.

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