Thousands of international students are flocking to Canada, and the Canadian government are encouraging this move as part of the government’s strategy to reshape Canadian demographics by attracting students who have the potential to become well-educated, skilled workers educated in the Canadian university system. It is an answer to Canada’s aging population and slowing birth rate, and an effort to size up the country’s tax-base and inject their economy with more consumers.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada recently stated that migrants already make up 75 percent of the annual net growth in the country’s work force and are expected to account for 100 percent within 10 years.
More than half of Canada’s almost one million foreign born student migrants plan on remaining in the country when they start working and become Canadian Citizens.
Further talk of Internationalizing the Canadian education system promises a profound effect on the country, making it even more attractive to migrants. Canada’s new immigration minister, for example, arrived in the country as a Somali refugee and earned a law degree at the University of Ottawa.
Statistics Canada, the country’s census bureau, predicts that the number of international students studying at Canadian universities will reach nearly 30 percent within the next 16 or 17 years.
But migrants are not only attracted to Canadian universities. High schools and colleges across the country are reporting a steady rise in the number of applications received from international students.
Certain requirements must be met before a would-be migrant is approved for a student visa. Find out more about the requirements and the application process from a recognized Canada immigration practitioner.