Canada joined the world community in celebrating Global Immigrants Day on 18 December. Ahmed Hussen Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister of Canada observed the occasion. He was joined by Chrystia Freeland the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Canada’s Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau.
The Canadian Ministers also issued a joint statement on the occasion of Global Immigrants Day. They referred to this day as an opportunity to commemorate the contributions; rights and needs of the immigrants globally.
The statement further elaborated that immigration has been a medium for people to sail through adversities throughout history. It has also assisted them to obtain better prospects for them and their families, as quoted by the CIC News.
The world has 244 million and more immigrants at present and 1 out of 10 is below 15 years old, added the Ministers. Ahmed Hussen the Immigration Minister of Canada would well identify with this fact as he arrived at the age of 16 to Canada. He had fled with his family here from war-torn Somalia.
One in five Canadians is overseas born and the nation has a long commendable tradition of migration, elaborates the statement from the Ministers. Immigrants contribute towards the long-term prosperity and identity of Canada. They also increase the richness of culture and diverse fabric of the nation. Adding latest skills to the workforce, immigrants also contribute towards the economy and innovation, said the statement.
Regular, orderly and safe immigration was praised by the Ministers. Today is a crucial day of the year, said David Cohen the Attorney. The role played by immigrants in making Canada a more successful and better society must be recognized today, he added.
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