Health care improvements boost Canada to fourth in world for immigration integration

December 10, 2020

By Globe and Mail |

Canada’s position in an international report card ranking countries based on integrating newcomers has improved, in part because of better access to health care for asylum seekers as well as more health information and interpreters available to all groups.

The Migration Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) released its international scorecard Wednesday, ranking Canada fourth out of 52 countries. Sweden earned the top spot followed by Finland and Portugal. The last MIPEX report was released in 2015, when Canada ranked sixth. The new scorecard does not include data from 2020.

The index measures eight policy areas: labour market mobility; education; political participation; access to nationality; family reunification; health; permanent residence; and anti-discrimination.

Anna Triandafyllidou, the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration at Ryerson University, said Canada climbing to fourth position is a “significant achievement.” The research program Prof. Triandafyllidou leads is MIPEX’s reference point in Canada, and her team produced Canada’s reports in December, 2019.

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