31 May Express Entry Draw #118
Express Entry Draw #118
On May 29, 2019, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held a new draw in the Express Entry selection system. In round #118, IRCC issued 3,350 Invitations to Apply (ITA). The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score for this round is 470, which is the highest score in this year and 20 points higher than in the round 116. The tie-breaking rule for this round is May 23, 2019, at 10:18:56 UTC. As of May 24, 2019, there are 109,011 profiles registered in the pool. Canada has already invited 35,100 candidates through the Express Entry in 2019.
Canada to introduce a new citizenship oath
Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen has introduced Bill C-99 that contains a new language for the oath of citizenship that includes a pledge for new citizens to faithfully observe the laws of Canada, including the Constitution, which recognizes and affirms the Aboriginal and treaty rights of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. The proposed new language for the oath reads: “I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, her heirs and successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada, including the Constitution, which recognizes and affirms the Aboriginal and treaty rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, and fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen.” Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says the change demonstrates to all Canadians, including the country’s newest citizens, that Indigenous and treaty rights are an essential part of the country’s character.
Thousands of Saudi students remain in Canada
Thousands of university students from Saudi Arabia remain in Canada despite being ordered out of the country by their government last August. However, planning is underway to mitigate the impact on Canadian universities when these students graduate and are not replaced. The decision was the result of a diplomatic crisis that erupted when the Canadian government publicly urged Saudi authorities to release jailed women’s rights activists. The Saudi government responded by recalling its ambassador, ejecting Canada’s ambassador, halting some trade and investment, and cancelling its scholarship program. Data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada show that as of December 2018, when universities publicly reported their enrolment, there were still 5,100 Saudi students studying at Canadian universities, compared to 7,620 in December 2017 prior to the diplomatic dispute. There are about 570,000 international students in Canada, an increase of 75% since the last decade. Their tuition also increased by 32%, much more than the increase of the local students.
Syrian refugees: a portrait
Statistics Canada reported some results on refugees from Syria, tens of thousands of whom were brought to Canada by the Trudeau government. As it turns out, 94% of Syrian families have children – an average of 3.2 children per family. In comparison, among other refugees, the proportion of families with children is 63%, with an average of 2.2 children per family. Only 20% of Syrian refugees speak one of Canada’s two official languages. The number of Syrian refugees with a university degree is only 2%. With regard to work, only 24% of Syrian male refugees and 8% of the women were working at the time of the survey. In comparison, among other refugees, the rate is 39% and 17%, respectively. The main problems hindering the employment of refugees from Syria are lack of knowledge of Canada’s official languages and the need to look after their children.