Canada’s appeal as a safe and welcoming country to live in has increased, not diminished during the global pandemic.
The coronavirus pandemic is not deterring people from wanting to immigrate to Canada, on the contrary, a new survey suggests it is driving more interest.
Nearly half of the respondents in a survey by World Education Services (WES) two months ago said that COVID-19 had increased their interest in immigrating to Canada. There were more people who reported this increased interest in June than there were in April when a similar survey was done.
WES provides educational credential assessments for people who are undergoing economic-class immigration to Canada. In June, 45 percent of respondents said they were more interested in immigrating to Canada as a result of the pandemic, and six per cent said they were less interested.
Also, fewer people reported that they were considering delaying their immigration to Canada. The WES survey also found that many respondents expected the economic impact in Canada to be less extreme than in their home countries. Though Canada too has taken an economic hit from the pandemic, the Labour Force Survey found that about 55 percent of jobs lost to COVID 19 had been regained in July.
Though the survey found that economic concerns were widespread among prospective immigrants, their research revealed that many respondents expected the economic impact to be less extreme in Canada than their home country. Once again, more people expected a negative impact on economic conditions in their home country than they did in Canada.
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