A new report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has praised Canada for its liberal and fair immigration policies. This report sounds Canada the 4th best place to Live.
Canada has a population of 34 Million and it accepts more than 250,000 immigrants each year coming from 150 countries with China & India at top Places.
Two notable acts that cntrol immigration in Canada are Immigration Act, 1976, and the current Immigration and Refugee Protection Act from 2002.
In Canada there are three categories of immigrants: Family Class (closely related persons of Canadian residents), Independent Immigrants (admitted on the basis of a point system that account for age, health and labour-market skills required for cost effectively inducting the immigrants into Canada’s blue-collar labour market) and Refugees.
Today Canada is known as a country with a broad immigration policy which is reflected in Canada’s ethnic diversity.
As per 2001 census by Statistics Canada, Canada has 34 ethnic groups with at least one hundred thousand members each, of which 10 have over 1,000,000 people and numerous others represented in smaller amounts. 16.2% of the population belonged to visible minorities: most numerous among these are South Asian (4.0% of the population), Chinese (3.9%), Black (2.5%), and Filipino (1.1%).
In 2007, Canada received 236,760 immigrants. The top ten sending countries, by state of origin, were People’s Republic of China (28,896), India (28,520), Philippines (19,718), Pakistan (9,808), United States (8,750), United Kingdom (7,324), Iran (7,195), South Korea (5,909), Colombia (5,382), and Sri Lanka (4,068). The top ten source countries were followed closely by France (4,026), and Morocco (4,025), with Romania, Russia, and Algeria. each contributing over 3,500 immigrants.