Last week the Liberal Party introduced a new immigration strategy. According to it, about 1 million immigrants will become permanent residents of Canada by 2020. Among that amount of newcomers, a large percentage will include family members, refugees, and economic migrants.
Ahmed Hussen, Immigration Minister, has explained this “ambitious” immigration plan as a help with offsetting Canada’s aging population. According to Hussen’s statement, nearly 5 million Canadians, which is 1/6th of Canada’s population, will retire by 2035. That’s a huge issue, and the new immigration strategy is believed to resolve it.
However, this plan has met some criticism as well. Conservative critics say that Canadian government first should think better about integrating the existing immigrants, in other words, focus on the quality, not quantity.