It is for obvious advantages that the overseas immigrants are welcomed all across the globe. Canada the most attractive destination in the world today for overseas immigrants is the latest example of this realization. If we analyze Canada’s tryst with immigration it was not until the beginning of 1990’s that the nations opened its doors for immigration.
Canada with a huge and very powerful neighbor to its south is a vast mass of land. It was anxious about being besieged and needed an increase in its population. Thus the nation began to welcome overseas immigrants.
From 1963 onwards Canada began to accept immigrants who were non-white. Trudeau as the Prime Minister publicly announced that Canada as a nation would be multicultural, as quoted by the Blogrukhsanakhan. Overseas immigrants would not be asked to assimilate and all cultures would be recognized as a part of Canada, added the then Prime Minister. Immigrants could feel proud of their origins and with passing time naturalize themselves as Canadian citizens.
Canadians also today realize that overseas immigrants are contributing to the economic growth of the nation and are thus forthcoming towards immigration.
Even nations in the west that are forthcoming towards immigrant do so for very strong reasons. It is a way for them to have the status quo maintained. In the past immigrants provided them the necessary labor for nation building.
Today, however, it is a skill based immigration that dominates the immigration scenario for the developed nations of the west. Overseas immigrants along with catering to skills gaps in the local labor markets also accentuate the growth of the economy of the nation to which they immigrate. As taxpayers, they stimulate the services sector of the nation.
The US today is the most classic example of how being a multicultural nation accelerated its growth as a world power. The immigrants that arrived at the US actually represented the brain-drain from their native nations. This is because the brightest, highly skilled and the highly educated are more often than not the first to jump to ‘greener pastures’ in the West, the US in this context.
The native population of the advanced nations does not have the required number of youth and basically are an aging population. In the absence of immigration, there would be no tax base for the social security entitlements for the aging population. Thus immigration also assists them to keep a balance of economy so that the tax machine functions smoothly.
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