Easy visas and job opportunities: What makes Canada a popular choice for Indian immigrants

October 29, 2020

By Scroll.in |

Indians are suddenly streaming in droves to Canada. The numbers of Indians who obtained a permanent residence to the North American country as of 2019 had more than doubled since 2016, and India was by far the largest source of immigrants that year as well.

A 2020 report found that overall migration to the nations that are members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development – mostly wealthy, Western countries – had increased by 10% in 2018 almost entirely because of the number of Indians migrating to Canada.

The 2020 OECD International Migration Outlook Report also recorded a significant increase in the number of Indians migrating to countries like Germany (3,900), Italy (3,300), and Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, and Sweden (approximately 2,000 each). Migration from India accounts for almost 5% of overall migration to OECD countries.

India has been ranked second both in terms of the source of migrants to the OECD countries and as the origin of naturalised citizens in these countries in 2018, the report stated. India displaced Romania as the second-largest source of migrants to move up one spot from 2017, while China retained the top spot.

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