Where are Canada’s immigrants coming from in 2020?

June 14, 2020

By CIC News |

Between January and April, Canada welcomed 74,000 new immigrants. Here is where they came from.

Prior to the start of coronavirus lockdowns in Canada and around the world in mid-March, Canada was continuing to welcome high levels of immigration.

In fact, just days before lockdowns in Canada, the country’s immigration minister announced a new ambitious plan to welcome over 1 million new permanent residents between 2020-2022.

While Canada’s immigration system has since faced interruptions, the country is processing immigration applications to the best of its ability.

New data released by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) provides an early look at where Canada’s new immigrants were coming from in the early months of 2020.

Up until the end of April, Canada welcomed 74,000 new permanent residents.

India continues to lead the way

As has been the case over the last few years, India remained the leading source country of Canada’s new permanent resident (PR) visa holders.

They accounted for 24 per cent of new PRs in the first four months of 2020.

India is the leading source of Canada’s immigrants since many of its citizens speak English fluently and possess other key characteristics that help them become eligible for Canadian immigration such as having university and/or college credentials and professional work experience.

Many Indian immigrants also arrive to Canada from the U.S. since it can be difficult for H1-B visa holders to obtain permanent residence in the U.S.

A look at the top 10 source countries

The following comprise the top 10 source countries of the 74,000 people that gained PR in the first four months of 2020:

  1. India
  2. China
  3. Philippines
  4. USA
  5. Nigeria
  6. Pakistan
  7. Syria
  8. France
  9. Iran
  10. Brazil

So far, immigration from China has been slightly higher in 2020 than in recent years. Chinese immigrants have accounted for nearly 10 per cent of newcomers compared with 9 per cent in 2019.

Filipino immigration to Canada has also remained fairly consistent (7 per cent in 2020 compared with 8 per cent in 2019).

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