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Monday, March 13, 2006

Selection process - flaws? - Time to take a look at selection process flaws

My pal, Allan Thompson takes a look at some interesting data from Stats Canada in this article. Some of the high points include the following:

"The study revealed that about a third of male immigrants who were between the ages of 25 and 45 when they arrived in Canada ended up leaving within 20 years.

"And more than half of those who left Canada did so within the first year of getting here."

And he comes to some conclusions too:

"Notably, the recent StatsCan study shows that the immigrants most likely to stay in Canada are immigrants chosen for their family ties, or admitted as refugees.Does this data not suggest that family class immigrants — as a group, if not as individuals — might well be making more of an economic contribution to Canada than previously believed by virtue of the simple fact that they are here for the long haul?"

Allan suggests looking at the selection process to perhaps bring some balance back in, in relation to family class vs. skilled worker class applicants. He also suggests, "At the same time, we could revamp our approach to skilled-worker immigrants and have more flexible rules for the new kind of mobile migrant who regards Canada as a good place to work and live, but not necessarily the only good place to work and live."

I have to say, I have a bit of an issue with this. Making it easy to come and work in a country, I believe, is just the right thing to do for a strong and flexible world economy. But to grant the rights and privledges of residency, I believe an individual should have to make a choice and a commitment to Canada. I frankly don't even think about getting residency without then working to the next goal - citizenship.

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