Canada will welcome one million more immigrants by 2021 to account for its aging population.
Approximately one in five Canadians is an immigrant, and in 2017, 286,000 people became permanent residents. 44,000 of those who gained permanent resident status in 2017 were resettled refugees. Canada is now aiming to welcome roughly 350,000 immigrants each year.
Over the past few years, the country has welcomed more than 50,000 Syrian refugees. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is even known for welcoming refugees personally at the airport.
In January, the country welcomed asylum seeker Rahaf Al-Qunun who fled her family in Saudi Arabia. They previously welcomed high-profile Syrian refugee Hassan Al Kontar who lived in an airport for seven months before being granted asylum.
“Canada again showing leadership: will welcome more than 1 million new immigrants, including refugees…because it is good for Canada and good for the world,” explained Norwegian Refugee Council secretary general Jan Egeland.