Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason KenneyThe federal government released its 2012 immigration statistics, on Wednesday,with Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, touting that, for the seventh consecutive year, "Canada continued the highest sustained level of immigration in Canadian history."
Last year, 257,515 immigrants entered Canada, a slight jump from 2011 when we accepted 248,751. The government has set an annual target of between 240,000 to 265,000 for the near term.
On a per-capita basis, that makes Canada one of the most immigrant friendly countries in the world. The United States, for example welcomes about a 1 million immigrants per year or roughly 0.4 per cent of its population; Canada, by comparison, welcomes 250,000 which is approximately 0.8 per cent of our population.
Who deserves credit for Canada's relatively high immigration numbers is up for debate.
Immigration lawyer Michael Niren says it shouldn't be Kenney.
In an email exchange withRead More »from Canada's immigration numbers peaking for seventh consecutive year: 2012 statistics