With 2017 nearing its end, the Liberal government has started finalizing the immigration plan for 2018. With the new immigration plan, the government is aiming to strike the right balance amid a global migration crisis. Ahmed Hussen, Immigration Minister of Canada, told that they’ve set the next year’s target to attract top talent in competitive global market and allow a specific number of new comers in the country. Recently, after wrapping up cross-country consultations, Hussen is now preparing to table the annual immigration levels in the House of Commons by the deadline of November 1.The government is working on reuniting families and offering refuge to people displaced by disaster and conflict. Also, they are working on maintaining the balance between surge in illegal border-crossers and persistent labour gaps across the country. “Canada’s immigration system continues to be based on compassion, efficiency and economic opportunity for all, while protecting the health, safety and security of Canadians,” said Hussen in a statement to CBC News. “Canada’s system of immigration has been recognized internationally as a thoughtful, responsible approach that takes into consideration the need for more immigrants while balancing our fiscal and global responsibilities,” he added.According to Hussen’s office, the ones who seek refuge in the country having crossed into Canada outside border points are not included in levels plan. The immigration plan of 2017 called for 300,000 immigrants. It boosted the numbers in economic class which included skilled workers, caregivers and business people. Family class for sponsored spouses, partners, children, parents and grandparents were also included.Targetting the Liberal Government, Michelle Rempel, Conservative Immigration critic, said that the government had failed to develop a sound strategy ensuring that immigrants fill labour gaps in certain sectors and also in remote and less populated parts of the country. While the NDP Immigration critic Jenny Kwan asked the government to be more ambitious towards its 2018 plan. She asserted that immigration was the best way to offset an aging population and fill significant labour gaps. She added that at the time of mass migration and displacement, Canada should lift the cap on privately sponsored refugees and should bring in more of them assisted by the government.
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