A new report shows that immigrants to Canada from 1987-2004 received about $6 000 more in government services per person annually than they paid in taxes, costing taxpayers between $16 – $23 billion a year. The report highlights that low-skilled immigrants are just not pulling their tax weight and are not finding employment easily (aka – welfare recipients). The report suggests that immigration should be scaled down from the current 250 000 per year to market demands. What’s the government response? They want to change policies to make it easier for immigrants to find work! Talk about sticking your head in the sand. Instead of attracting high-skilled employable immigrants, it seems Canada is taking in anybody who can afford the visa. In the end the country will be a watered down multicultural hell hole where no skilled person wants to live. See, if I was in government, I would restrict who is coming into the country and taking those people with the skill set that the country needs only. That way you ensure you’re getting top quality people. Instead, Western countries are more than happy to take all the riff-raff – especially the ME Muslim and Asian people in. Soon no one will be able to tell the culture or heritage of Canada and it’ll look like just another multi-racial mess. Look at Japan, India, China etc. you know in which country you are when you’re there. Western countries? If you closed you eyes and looked again you wouldn’t know which country you were visiting. And so all our Western countries are losing what makes them unique – all so that governments can keep the purse ticking over and the liberals can worship at the multi-cultural we-are-one altar. Problem is that this unchecked intake of immigrants costs the country eventually – financially, socially, culturally and morally.
A researcher for a conservative think-tank says recent immigrants to Canada are a drain on the country’s economy – and stand in the way of a robot revolution.
A new report from the Fraser Institute suggests immigrants who arrived in Canada between 1987 and 2004 received about $6,000 more in government services per person annually than they paid in taxes – costing taxpayers between $16 and $23 billion a year.
For a host of reasons, immigrants “are not doing as well economically” now as earlier waves of newcomers and often struggle to find high paying jobs.
“We’re not against some immigration,” said Herbert Grubel, who co-authored the report with Patrick Grady.
But he said the “mass immigration” system that sees Canada accept some 250,000 newcomers annually is stifling innovation.
Grubel pointed to Japan, a country with aging citizens where less than 2% of the population is foreign-born – the lowest percentage among developed nations.
Faced with an elderly population in need of care and a shortage of medical staff, Japanese inventors have created robots that dispense pills and help feed and bathe seniors in hospitals.
“This increases productivity of people who design robots and run robots,” he said. “We’re preventing all of that from taking place.”
The researchers also reject the notion immigrants are needed to fill gaps in the workforce, and argue the market should set immigration levels.
A spokeswoman for Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said the department has noticed the economic trends highlighted in the report.
She also noted Kenney was moving ahead with a series of policy changes that aim to make it easier for immigrants to find work – changes supported in part by the Fraser report.
Researchers studying Canada’s immigration system frequently point out the problem of matching skilled immigrants to jobs has been a long-standing one – but disagree on the remedies.
Research by the Conference Board of Canada – an economic think-tank – links immigration to higher foreign direct investment and innovation.
The Conference Board argues businesses are failing to take advantage of those skills by not hiring immigrants and not managing talent.
It wants Canada to boost annual immigration to 375,000 to maintain the workforce and economic growth.
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