Australia, Canada & NZ Immigration Update
24 May 2022 – Issue #45
In this issue:
- Australia’s migrant population falls for the first time in 20 years
- Australia lost 500,000 temporary migrants during pandemic
- Quebec workforce left ailing by Covid-19 pandemic
- NZ reopens borders to travelers from 60 visa waiver countries
- Special Feature: Canada’s capital city – Ottawa!
- Other Global News
Australia’s migrant population falls for the first time in 20 years
Australia recorded a decline in its overseas-born population for the first time in over 20 years.
According to a report released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Australia’s estimated migrant population dropped to 29.1 per cent (7.5 million immigrants) in 2021, down from the 29.8 per cent (7.7 million immigrants) recorded in 2020.
Jennifer Dobak, ABS head of migration statistics, said Covid-19 travel restrictions reduced overseas migration and led to Australia’s migrant population decreasing for the first time in more than two decades.
You can read more here on Australia’s foreign population decreasing for the first time since 2000!
Australia lost 500,000 temporary migrants during pandemic
Australia lost around 500,000 temporary migrants over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new report by the Grattan Institute.
The report, titled Migrants in the Australian workforce, shows there were about 1.5 million temporary migrants in Australia as of January 2022. In 2019, the number of temporary migrants in Australia reached almost 2 million.
The 500,000 migrants who are no longer in Australia are mostly international students and working holiday makers.
Read more here on Australia’s shortage of temporary migrants due to the pandemic!
Quebec workforce left ailing by Covid-19 pandemic
Quebec’s workforce is left hurting following the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a study by the Institute du Quebec.
According to the report, previously-existing labour shortages have been exacerbated by public health measures due to the pandemic, resulting in Quebec’s workforce facing new challenges.
The report also suggests Quebec’s demand for skilled workers will continue to grow in 2022, particularly in the health care, information technology, educational services, social assistance and construction sectors.
Click here to read more on the state of Quebec’s workforce after the pandemic!
New Zealand Immigration
NZ reopens borders to travelers from 60 visa waiver countries
New Zealand reopened its international borders to travelers from visa waiver countries after almost 800 days.
The visa waiver allows passport holders and permanent residents from 60 countries and territories to travel to New Zealand without applying for a visa.
Travelers from these countries will also be exempt from isolation requirements if they are fully vaccinated.
Read about New Zealand’s list of the 60 visa waiver countries here!
Canada’s capital city – Ottawa!
Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, is the second-largest city in Ontario. It was founded in 1826 and boasts a regional population of around 1.5 million people.
Ottawa was initially named Bytown after English military engineer Colonel John By, who oversaw the construction of the Rideau Canal. As the river – now called the Ottawa river – became integral for trade purposes from Montreal, the city was renamed Ottawa after the Algonquin word “Adawe”, which means “to trade”.
Ottawa houses many important landmarks, such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Canadian War Museum, which have made it a national cultural destination in Canada. The city is also home to Parliament Hill – the meeting place of Canada’s House of Commons and Senate. The home of the Governor General is also located in Ottawa, as well as embassies of 130 countries.
Other Global News
Over 3,000 Europe-bound refugees lost at sea in 2021
More than 3,000 refugees, migrants and asylum seekers died or went missing last year when trying to reach Europe via Mediterranean and Atlantic sea routes, a UN refugee agency report showed.
The majority of these refugees, migrants and asylum seekers come from a range of North and Sub-Saharan African countries such as Egypt, Eritrea, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia, while travelers from Afghanistan, Iran and Syria have also been recorded, according to the UNHCR.
The UNHCR reported 3,077 people as dead or missing in 2021 – almost double the number recorded in 2020. So far in 2022, over 550 people have been reported dead or missing.
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