Home to 37 million citizens, Canada still wants to add more than 1 million immigrants by the year 2021.
“Thanks in great part to the newcomers we have welcomed throughout our history, Canada has developed into the strong and vibrant country we all enjoy,” says minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship, Ahmed Hussen.
“Immigrants and their descendants have made immeasurable contributions to Canada, and our future success depends on continuing to ensure they are welcomed and well-integrated.”
Hussen himself is from another country. He is in his early 40s now but was living in Canada from Somalia since he was 16 years old.
In the previous year, United States president Donald Trump said that he does not want to accept immigrants from countries like Africa, Haiti or other similar places.
Somalia is located in Africa.
“My experience is not unique,” says Hussen. “Canada receives a lot of refugees every year.”
In the next three years, Canada will be welcoming another 1 million immigrants, approximately 350,000 in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
“Canada is a world leader in managed migration with an immigration program based on non-discriminatory principles, where foreign nationals are assessed without regard to race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or gender,” writes Hussen.