The coronavirus pandemic has presented a lot of difficulty for immigration. With countries all over the world imposing travel restrictions and endless measures to control the virus, it has been impossible for people to travel freely across borders.
Canada’s immigration take took a hit in 2020, but the country truly made the best of the situation. A total of 15,300 people were welcomed in November 2020 for the third consecutive month.
The Canadian government notes that the number is much lesser than the usual 25,000-35,000 people who come to Canada in a month. Data from IRCC shows that Canada welcomed around 15,000 permanent residents in September and October as well.
Needless to say, the early months of 2020 were terrible for Canadian immigration. The numbers in the latter half of the year have definitely shown improvement but Canada could not manage to reach its immigration target. According to available data, 174,000 immigrants were welcomed by Canada between January and November 2020.
If one has to guess, the total intake of the year will remain below 200,000 once December’s figure is added into the mix. Of course, more than 341,000 candidates became Canadian permanent residents in 2019 but the comparison would be rather unfair.
Canada is looking to make a strong comeback in 2020 and make up for the lower immigration numbers. Marco Mendicino, the Immigration Minister, introduced the immigration plan for the next year in October 2020. Canada wants to welcome more than 400,000 immigrants every year until 2023.
Regular draws have already begun.