‘Come to Canada’: Mendicino tells migrants

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‘Come to Canada’: Immigration Minister Mendicino welcomes migrants after U.S. ban

‘Come to Canada’. Immigration Minister Mendicino’s reaffirmation of Canada’s commitment to welcoming migrants is clear. Also, another message Mendicino remarked is that the country is looking to invite talent from abroad. Moreover, he was aiming directly at US foreign policy.

This follows the permanent and temporary visa ban announced by the United States on Monday. For example, the new Executive Order signed by Trump will prevent new green card holders and temporary workers to enter the US. And this ban is not merely in effect for the coming weeks, but will extend to the rest of 2020 as well. The US has de facto banned immigration until the end of this year.

The US ban has found its supporters in those who believe American workers must be privileged. Especially, the ban aims to support those workers who, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, are currently looking for employment. However, Minister Mendicino is of another perspective entirely, stressing that Canada will remain open. Immigrants, temporary foreign workers and international students are all part of the talent pool Canada wants to draw on heavily in the coming years.

Canadian government continues to see immigration as key priority

Meanwhile, Canada’s economy continues to suffer because of the pandemic. However, Mendicino (and many others in the government) believe remaining open to immigration is key to economic recovery. In a new television interview for CTV News, Mendicino reiterates: immigration will drive economic recovery, and Canada remains committed to welcome highly skilled immigrants.

‘We have a plan in place that looks to leverage the best and the brightest from around the world. We’ve got pathways like the Express Entry program, and the Global Talent Stream. This will help to bring entrepreneurs, engineers, and innovators’. ‘We’ve also got pathways for manual laborers and skilled laborers’, Mendicino said.

Canada offers dozens of options for migrants looking for a new place to work and settle. Temporary foreign workers and skilled workers who want to settle on a permanent basis should consider opting for Canada. The country offers a higher quality of life than its neighbour (sorry, US!), as well as several pathways and streams to transition your experience into permanent residency status.