We have to be clear: the world has never been better than it is right now. Thanks mostly to globalization there are less and less wars, global poverty is falling markedly and quality of life is generally improving. This is obviously not happening in a uniform way across all countries, but it is true from a global perspective.
However, and against all odds, many western countries have decided to rebel and refuse openness and understanding among their nations. In Europe, for example, extreme right-wing parties are spreading uncertainty: Le Pen in France, Wilders in the Netherlands, and Hofer in Austria are good examples of this new wave which has also reached countries like Finland, Denmark, Germany and Hungary, among others.
Further, it has also been partly responsible for the Brexit victory in the United Kingdom. It is a movement which is taking advantage of fear, despite the fact that we are living in societies which are becoming safer and safer. But, as you all know, these ideas are not exclusive to Europe.
At this point the best question we can ask is: Are there any developed countries left who still believe in open borders and globalisation? Well, there are. And today we are going to look at one of the most significant of these countries.
In the year 2016, Canada has admitted into their country more than 300,000 new immigrants. That is close 1% of its total population. This is a greater proportion than any other large developed country. And note here that this is not something that is new, the measure has been in force for more than two decades.
The result of this, today, one in every five Canadians was born abroad, a percentage which is almost double that of the US or the UK. And, truth be told, this hasn’t led to any national tragedy, in fact, quite the contrary. Canadians are the first to know this. According to the prestigious Environics Institute, most citizens (almost 80% of them) consider immigration to be good for the economy and that it represents the best way to deal with important issues such as it ageing population.
If you think about it, this does make sense: Employment is the country’s most productive asset, so, why should they prevent it from growing?. In the context of a dynamic economy, what’s the harm of immigrants who are willing to work, set up companies, or get an education? It is, we think, something good.
TRUDEAU’S FIRST YEAR
In October 2015, Justin Trudeau became Canada’s Prime Minister after defeating, against all odds, the conservative Stephen Harper, who had held office for almost ten years. Since then, the political agenda has been dominated by a determination to deepen the country’s pro-globalisation policies.
Trudeau himself, a left-winger, has become quite an advocate of promoting free trade
and social mobility. In his first year in office he signed a free trade agreement with the European Union and confirmed Canada’s adherence to TPP. The government is doing more of the same concerning immigration.
They have even set the goal of increasing the number of immigrants they receive by 50% every year. Given these principles, it shouldn’t surprise you to hear that Canada is one of the most committed countries when making things easy for Syrian refugees.
Canada has received more than 33,000 Syrians since Trudeau became Prime Minister.
But wait! Immigration in Canada is not free. It’s more regulated than you woult think.
But what is important here, is not whether there are, or are not, excessive administrative requirements. But that citizens shouldn’t automatically view as criminals those who come to work or live in other countries. And this is precisely why Canada is quite so successful – they are a country which takes pride in looking for additional citizens, not temporary immigrants.
Since 1967, admission has been based on a points system which considers qualification, experience, professional skills, or knowledge of English or French. In the same way, this system also gives priority to those professionals needed by companies. The tendency seems to be to make these procedures easier.
But what is important is the social recognition and the integration of immigrants into the country. The Canadian Bill of Rights itself recognizes the concept of multicultural patrimony. There are solid policies to encourage integration which, by the way, usually encourage the newcomers not to lose their own cultural identity and consider diversity an enriching factor.
For example, in Canadian schools, it is easy to find classes taught in Spanish or Ukrainian. The results support these policies indeed: in the last decade, Canada’s growth has been bigger than the US, Germany or the UK, and a high standard of living exists in the country.
Originally posted 2021-12-14 15:08:40. Republished by Blog Post Promoter