New World Education Services (WES) survey revealed that interest in moving to Canada has increased even more since the coronavirus peaked in April.
The coronavirus pandemic is not deterring people from wanting to immigrate to Canada, on the contrary, a new survey suggests it is generating more interest.
Last June, nearly half of respondents to a survey conducted by WES said COVID-19 had heightened their interest in immigrating to Canada. More people were reporting this heightened interest in June than in April when a similar survey was conducted.
WES provides credential assessments to people undergoing economic class immigration to Canada. They say they are in a unique position to assess the motivations and intentions of aspiring immigrants, as they interact with thousands of interested applicants every week.
Canada immigration’s interest increases in pandemic
More people said the pandemic had heightened their interest in immigrating to Canada and fewer people said they were dissuaded from doing so. In June, 45 percent of respondents said they were more interested in immigrating to Canada because of the pandemic, and six percent said they were less interested.
Also, fewer people said they were considering delaying their immigration to Canada. In June, about 32% of respondents said they were considering delaying their immigration to Canada. This is down from the 35% who said the same thing in April.
World Economy can be the main reason
The WES survey also found that many respondents expected the economic impact in Canada to be less extreme than in their home country. Although Canada has also been economically affected by the pandemic, the Labor Force Survey found that about 55% of the jobs lost to COVID 19 were recovered in July.
Although the survey found that economic concerns were prevalent among potential immigrants, their research found that many respondents expected the economic impact to be less extreme in Canada than in their home country. Again, more people expected a negative impact on economic conditions in their home country than in Canada.
The difference between expectations has grown over time, WES said. In June, 58% of respondents expected a negative impact on economic conditions in Canada, while over 80% expected negative conditions in their home country. Expectations for respondents’ country of origin were about the same in April, but only 68% expected a negative impact in Canada.
A similar trend was observed in the way respondents feel the impact on their profession or sector in their home country. In June, 57% of people questioned expected a negative impact on employment in their profession or sector in their country of origin, against 47% in April. Forty-three percent of respondents to the June survey expected a negative impact on jobs in their industry in Canada. In other words, people generally thought that the economic fallout in Canada was less severe than in their home country.
“This overall expectation of a less negative impact on Canada in terms of overall economic conditions and the availability of sector-specific jobs may help explain why in June, nearly half of respondents were more interested in immigrating to Canada due to COVID. -19 ”, states the WES report.
Immigration key to Canada’s economic recovery
Canada faces a long-term talent shortage due to high retirement rates and low birth rates. These problems were common before the pandemic, and some experts say they may have been made worse by it.
Reference is taken from CIC News
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