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Highly Skilled migrants, especially women, choose Canada says survey

More and more highly skilled and educated migrants are rating Canada as their number one choice of countries to live and work in and this year, for the first time highly-skilled female migrants outnumber their male counterparts.

Highly Skilled Migrants Especially Women Choose Canada Says Survey

In particular, the World Bank’s research result show a surge in the number of skilled women moving across the globe. In 2010, for the first time, the world saw more high-skilled women migrants than men. A large number hailed from Africa and Asia, and were headed for English-speaking nations in North America and Europe.

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Canada is a favourite

While the United States is still in the top position of the World Bank’s annual survey, Canada has taken fourth position – closing in on the Southern neighbours.

Canada is among the four countries of the world that consistently attract the top tier of highly skilled immigrants, new research from the World Bank suggests.

In a working paper, researchers Sari Pekkala Kerr, William Kerr, Çaǧlar Özden and Christopher Parsons looked at migration patterns in recent decades to track any changes in either the volume of people moving around the world, or where they are coming from or going to.

The four countries at the top of the list for attracting highly skilled migrants includes the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia research told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

The World Bank commented that there's a clear pattern among people with education and above-average income levels voluntarily moving for economic reasons.

"A pattern is emerging in which these high-skilled migrants are departing from a broader range of countries and heading to a narrower range of countries," the paper said, "in particular, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia."

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That's great news for Canada, as those people typically come with an existing source of wealth, and their skillsets help boost and change the economy wherever they land.

"The weight of the evidence points to high-skilled immigrants boosting innovation and productivity," the report says, "mainly through the increased quantity of skilled individuals pursuing innovative work."

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In particular, the paper notes a surge in the number of skilled women moving across the globe. In 2010, for the first time, the world saw more high-skilled women migrants than men. A large number hailed from Africa and Asia, and were headed for English-speaking nations in North America and Europe.

"The root causes of this surge have yet to be traced out fully," the paper says, but it's clear the impact of that migration will change the way of life in both where they came from, and where they're going.

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"The high-skilled members of the next generation appear to be less tied to any particular location or national identity, but instead have mentalities and connections that are much more global in nature than those of their predecessors," the researchers said.

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