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Canada grows its population

Canada has targeted highly skilled people for quite some time.  Right now, there are approximately 570,000 international students in Canada which is 60% up on three years ago.  In the last 12 months they increased their population through immigration by 425,000 people.  In particular, they are looking for entrepreneurs and MBA’s and when I read about things like this I always wonder why we in South Africa did not target more of the people from Eastern Europe after communism collapsed.   

So many talented people wanted to get out of Ukraine, Russia and the old Soviet Bloc States.  That is an incredible amount of highly qualified people including doctors and engineers who were all looking for a new place to call home.  I guess racial politics in South Africa would have made that difficult, but I do think that countries that want to succeed need to always be ready to target talented people in a country, who are not happy with that country anymore, to bring them to their country.  Hardworking people end up paying a lot of tax to their new country and are always an asset to the new country.  One can only imagine, for example, how many people want to get out of Venezuela now. 

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Tuesday 05-Mar-19 Share on Facebook   Tweet It

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Cornelie  said:
on Tuesday 02-Apr-19 10:26 AM
I've seen a few adverts about Canada people is going where there is growth and money.

Liz  said:
on Monday 01-Apr-19 04:46 PM
I've seen many of these advertisements on social media, and think it is a very good way of attracting hard-working, qualified individuals to a country that has so much to offer.

Zindy  said:
on Friday 29-Mar-19 08:42 AM
One of my best friends moved to Canada, Never looked back, she will never come back to South Africa, our country is beautiful but the politics.

Prishani  said:
on Thursday 28-Mar-19 05:09 PM
Talented qualified people can never be a negative for any country it is always a wonderful asset to have - and as mentioned they will pay more tax which in turn will boost infrastructure in a country and not to mention health care systems. I do also think that talented people look for positives in a country before they just up and move to a new country.

Bianca Taljaard  said:
on Thursday 28-Mar-19 01:30 PM
How clever are they, I have seen a few adds on tv and Facebook, I wouldn't mind going

Melissa van Tellingen  said:
on Wednesday 27-Mar-19 08:08 AM
I've seen a couple of adds on social media about this. I have a friend that moved there a year or so ago. They seem very happy. I think I would not be able to survive the cold winter months.

candice  said:
on Tuesday 26-Mar-19 04:44 PM
I would Move to Canada one of my friends moved there when we finished school and she does not regret it, she will never come back this side.

Michelle Smal  said:
on Tuesday 26-Mar-19 10:04 AM
This is very clever of Canada. Obviously having hardworking and intelligent people will hugely benefit the economy of that country. If a country looks after their citizens, the people will always work hard.

Thabitha  said:
on Tuesday 26-Mar-19 09:02 AM
In South Africa in order for us to target skilled people we needed a wise president but I don't want to lose hope and I still believe that one day things will be better for our country

Michelle D  said:
on Tuesday 26-Mar-19 08:33 AM
Many people I know have considered emigrating to Canada. Apparently it's a good place to work as a pilot. Personally the weather there is enough to put me off!

Sarah  said:
on Monday 25-Mar-19 07:53 AM
Canada has 3 cities with more than a million people, 51 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 235 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in Canada is Toronto, with a population of 2,600,000 people.

Claudia B  said:
on Wednesday 20-Mar-19 08:58 AM
There is a lot of adverts on tv and on social media to immigrate to Canada. It would be nice to immigrate to Canada. Maybe one day.

Zandelee  said:
on Wednesday 20-Mar-19 08:01 AM
Canada is definitely on my bucket list to visit one day.

Joyce  said:
on Tuesday 19-Mar-19 04:58 PM
It sounds like Canada looks after it's people and not selfish

Natasha  said:
on Tuesday 19-Mar-19 08:13 AM
I recently saw an advert about becoming a Canadian. I think it would be nice to immigrate to Canada.With everything going on in South Africa now I think a lot of people are going to start immigrating.

Ashleigh  said:
on Friday 15-Mar-19 04:46 PM
I see a lot of adverts on fb about immigrating to Canada. I would move to Canada if I was given the opportunity to.

Alexis  said:
on Wednesday 13-Mar-19 12:54 PM
I have heard that they want to increase the population, and it is best to rather have qualified individuals coming in than people who will rather just take and not give back. And why not, for a better life than the one you are having in the country you are residing in that is in shambles....It is nice that Canada is giving people the opportunity

Daniella  said:
on Wednesday 13-Mar-19 12:28 PM
It really is a dream of mine to live in Canada - Its such a beautiful Country, so multicultural, and accepting of others. If ever I somehow qualify for a express entry visa I will definitely be there.

brumilde  said:
on Wednesday 13-Mar-19 07:37 AM
I think allot of People want to get out of South Africa as well now, with the EFF posters stating Our Land Our Jobs. But Canada is wonderful, i would if i could move there in a heart beat

Mathilda Du Preez  said:
on Monday 11-Mar-19 03:57 PM
The only thing is we have a lot of hard working qualified people in South Africa, meaning South Africa does not have to get people from other countries, but the hard working South Africans are not given the opportunities they deserve, thus they are all going to Canada, New Zealand where they are valued.

Megan  said:
on Thursday 07-Mar-19 12:10 PM
I think the key factor South Africa needs to note here is - Canada is accepting skilled individuals, not just anyone. Our border regulations are not strict enough honestly, I think we'd be well on our way if we better controlled illegal immigration.

courtney  said:
on Wednesday 06-Mar-19 12:30 PM
Well done Canada!
wish we could say the same about South Africa!

Angelique Jurgens  said:
on Wednesday 06-Mar-19 09:55 AM
Almost every second person is looking at moving to Canada. At this point and I don't mean to moan but of course people are looking at leaving South Africa especially. We are fed up. We want to get out as in yesterday! The government also make it hard by constantly lowering the pass rate - not really highly skilled are we? Nonetheless, Canada is known to be an immigrant and expat-friendly country!

david  said:
on Wednesday 06-Mar-19 07:48 AM
i can only imagine that, at the rate skilled people and business owners fleeing south africa, the south african government doesn't want them.

Fikile  said:
on Tuesday 05-Mar-19 04:09 PM
It's nice to see other countries working together to help each other with work opportunities and more, it would be a good thing if where to happen in South Africa but we all now that it won't happen because South Africans have pride and it clouds their judgment.

Victoria  said:
on Tuesday 05-Mar-19 04:01 PM
Wow that's so amazing for Canada! I agree that if countries want to succeed they need to get people from other countries, where they are not happy to bring them to work in their country and that country is likely to succeed.

Michelle Smillie  said:
on Tuesday 05-Mar-19 03:13 PM
Canada is such a smart country, if one looks at the layout of their politics and ministers (people who actually have experience in the fields that they are ministers of), you can see that there is a lot to learn from them.

Angelica Canosa  said:
on Tuesday 05-Mar-19 02:27 PM
It is only in a countries favor to accept hardworking and educated people.
Canada is a successful country and I believe SA can learn from them.


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