Atlantic Canada Universities are highly dependent on overseas students. The governments of these 4 provinces have also designed special pathways that assist them to transition to PR status. Ahmed Hussen the Immigration Minister of Canada has also urged the overseas students to remain in the nation.
25,000+ overseas students possess Canada Study Visas in Atlantic Canada. They are keeping the universities buoyant even as the enrolment from domestic students plummets.
Overseas students in diverse Atlantic Canada Universities are a crucial part of the regional economy. They also from the major source of migration required to counter the rapidly aging population of the region, as quoted by the Conversation.
Atlantic Canada Universities are becoming increasingly dependent on overseas students. The enrolment from students in Canada has declined by 10% in the past 10 years. On the other hand, the percentage of overseas students has doubled.
Some of the universities in Atlantic Canada such as Cape Breton University and Saint Mary’s now consist of almost 1/3rd overseas students. Ahmed Hussen the Immigration Minister of Canada, Seamus O’Regan Veterans Affairs Minister and Dwight Ball Newfoundland and Labrador Premier discussed a program to assist overseas students in remaining in the nation.
Overseas students contribute 795 million dollars annually to the economy of Atlantic Canada as per the research released in February 2018. Council of Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training had held this study. It revealed that overseas students were responsible for 6, 731 jobs in the region. They also contributed 22 million every year through taxes.
Nova Scotia University Presidents Council had commissioned a report in 2017. It estimated that overseas student spending within the Nova Scotia province is the fourth largest export for the province.
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