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IRCC: In June, Canada welcomed more than 35,000 new immigrants

This is the first time that Canada welcomed almost 25,000 new permanent residents in a month during the pandemic. To meet its 401,000 immigrant objectives for 2021, it will need to welcome an average of 43,000 migrants each month from July to December.

According to the office of Immigration of Minister Marco Mendicino, Canada had its busiest month for new permanent residence arrivals during the pandemic in June 2021. “We are going to make good on our pledge to land 401,000 additional permanent residents,” the minister claims in a recent Globe and Mail article.

Beginning this year, the Canadian government hopes to accept at least 401,000 new immigrants each year under its Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023. This goal was established at 341,000 immigrants before the pandemic.

This is Canada’s most ambitious plan in its history. Only once has Canada received more than 400,000 immigrants in a single year. This occurred in 1913, but owing to the outbreak of the First World War, Canadian immigration dropped shortly afterward.

The department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) indicated in a follow-up email to CIC News that preliminary data show Canada received 35,700 immigrants last month. This amount is substantially greater than recent Canadian totals.

Canada has had a great start to the year. In January, it accepted 24,680 new immigrants, but the pace slowed in the months after that. In February, 23,395 people arrived, followed by 22425 in March, 21155 in April, and 17100 in May. 

In all, Canada has received 143,000 new permanent residents in the first six months of 2021, lagging far below the rate required to welcome 401,000 newcomers by the end of the year.

In order to meet this newcomer objective, Canada will need to bring in another 258,000 immigrants over the course of the year, or 43000 each month on average.

It will be tough to welcome this number of immigrants in the next six months, but there is a possibility it can be done. Prior to the pandemic, Canada received 25000 to 35000 newcomers each month on average.

More entrants arrive during favorable weather conditions and leading up to the start of the academic and business calendar in September, thus immigration numbers are greater throughout the summer months. 

In 2019, the second half of the year saw higher levels than the first, with Canada welcoming 180,000 immigrants between July and December. If Canada receives the same number of new permanent citizens in the second half of 2021, it would end the year with just over 320,000 new permanent residents, well below its objective.

However, there are still a few tailwinds that might help Canada achieve its immigrant goal. Following the relaxation of limitations on June 21st, an extra 23,000 Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) holders is now able to come to Canada.

As a result of this relaxation, anyone who has just been accepted for permanent residency in Canada can move to Canada right now. 

The IRCC recently announced six new pennant residence pathways, allowing about 90,000 international students and critical employees to remain in Canada. By the end of the year, the agency hopes to have processed 40,000 of these applications. The third source of support is the domestic pool of permanent residency applicants.

Cut-off scores are at all-time lows, while draw sizes are at all-time highs. According to the IRCC, 90% of CEC applicants now live in Canada, making it easier for the department to transfer them to permanent residency during the pandemic that candidates from other countries.

This year, the IRCC has already granted almost 100,000 Express Entry invites, roughly double the number given at the same time in 2020. By the end of 2021, a large number of people who were invited during the pandemic should have completed their permanent residency landing. 

Along the road, there are risks that might derail IRCC’s goals. The worldwide coronavirus situation remains tumultuous, with factors such as rising case numbers and travel restrictions posing challenges. For example, Canada continues to impose restrictions on flights from India, its primary source of newcomers.

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