Immigrants Need Not Apply
The Centre for Immigration Policy Reform stated today, that the Government of Canada’s announcement that it will maintain current immigration levels in 2011 – among the highest per capita levels in the world – is cause for concern, particularly when it is far from clear that the economic crisis affecting many countries is over.
Under the Government’s plan, we may have to absorb as many as half-a-million immigrants and temporary foreign workers a year, at a time when many Canadians, as well as recent (competing) arrivals, are looking for jobs, not to mention the escalating costs of social services.
The Government claims that high immigration intake is necessary to keep our work force growing as our population ages and the relative size of the work force shrinks. Immigration minister Jason Kenney expressed concern that, given Canada’s low fertility rates, immigration will be needed to offset the costs of social services.
“None of these premises is correct,” said Martin Collacott, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Immigration Policy Reform. While it is true that in coming years the proportion of Canadians under 65 will decline in relation to those who are older, it has been definitively shown that immigration is not a realistic way of offsetting the effects of an aging population. Immigrants grow old themselves and on average have families as small as those of other Canadians. They often sponsor their own elderly relatives, thus adding to Canada’s aging demographic.
[For the year 2010, the Vis-Min numbers suggest 16% and the 5,000,000+ (five million!) who've arrived only in the past 20 years, and is largely the result of one of the greatest immigration deceptions ever perpetrated on Canada.]
It is also no longer true that immigrants are paying their own way and contributing enough in taxes to pay for the social infrastructure they access. Studies show that recent immigrants cost Canadian taxpayers tens of Billions of dollars a year in terms of the value of the benefits they receive in excess of what they pay in taxes.
In the UK, a House of Lords’ study concluded that, contrary to the claims of the British Government, there was no evidence of significant benefits to the resident population of the country from immigration. There were, in fact, indications of possible negative effects such as driving down the wages of some resident workers, including immigrants who came earlier, as well as driving up the cost of housing.
Canada’s prosperity actually depends on sound economic policies, increases in productivity, and the upgrading and best use of our existing work force. Instead of continuing the failed policy of mass immigration year in and year out, the Government, in collaboration with the provinces and municipalities, should greatly strengthen policies and plans based on educational and training programs that will ensure that Canada’s existing work force is well-qualified to compete in today’s rapidly changing global economy.
The status quo is not the answer to an immigration program that Canadians increasingly recognize…. is broken. -Source-