Canada wants to add more than 1 million immigrants through 2021.
According to Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, refugees, and citizenship, Immigrants and their descendants have made immeasurable contributions to Canada, and the future success depends on continuing to ensure they are welcomed and well-integrated.
“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,” Ahmed Hussen told Canadian Parliament.
Hussen, now in his early 40s, fled to Canada from war-torn Somalia when he was 16.
“My experience is not unique,” Hussein said adding that Canada receives a lot of refugees every year.
For Canada to add 1 million immigrants over the next three years, the nation would need to welcome approximately 350,000 — roughly 1 percent of its current population — in each of 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,” Hussen wrote in his report.
About 1 in 5 current Canadians are immigrants, according to the report, with more than 6 million arriving since 1990.
About 13.7 percent of the U.S. population, roughly 1 in 7, in 2017 was foreign-born, according to U.S. Census estimates. In 2016, that figure was 13.5 percent.