05 May Immigrants are more concerned about healthcare issues
Immigrants are more concerned about healthcare issues
Statistics Canada analyzed the social and economic concerns of immigrants during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to people born in Canada. In terms of health issues, immigrants were more likely than those born in Canada to report that they were “very” or “extremely” concerned about their own health (49% versus 33%). Similarly, they were more concerned than Canadian-born individuals about the health of family members (69% versus 50%). Immigrants were just as concerned as people born in Canada about other health problems, such as an overload of the health system. In the 2016 census, immigrants accounted for 21.9% of the total Canadian population. Immigrants were also more concerned about maintaining social ties (44% versus 30%) and their ability to support each other during and after the pandemic. In addition, immigrants were almost twice as likely as people born in Canada to be concerned about the possibility of domestic violence (12% versus 7%).
#Statistics_Canada, #Healthcare, #COVID_19
Over 900 temporary foreign workers entered BC in the past several weeks
British Columbia Chief Health Officer Bonnie Henry said that in the last several weeks, more than 900 temporary foreign workers entered the province and went into quarantine for 14 days. As of now, some of these temporary foreign workers have completed the quarantine and have already begun working on farms and in production facilities. However, four of them tested positive for COVID-19. The evidence shows that the policy adopted by the government fulfils its purpose and will help BC to overcome the crisis.
#COVID_19, #British_Columbia, #foreign_workers
Repatriation flights from India to Toronto and Vancouver to start from May 1 to May 7
The Canadian government is already operating the second phase of repatriation flights from India for the stranded Canadians from Amritsar, Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmadabad and Bangalore during the COVID-19 lockdown. Now, the third phase of flights will begin on May 1 and the number of flights from Amritsar has been increased. The federal government has made an agreement with Qatar Airlines to bring stranded Canadians and permanent residents from India to Toronto and Vancouver airports from May 1 to May 7 through the direct flights. The one-way fare for these flights will be $2,720.
Big increase in Chinese and Hong Kong citizens applying for Canadian citizenship
According to the recent figures by IRCC, there was a 40% increase in the number of Chinese and Hong Kong citizens who applied for Canadian citizenship in 2019. The changes made in the citizenship requirements are believed to have contributed to the increase, according to immigration experts. 13,414 Chinese citizens and 1,039 Hong Kong citizens applied for Canadian citizenship in 2019, an average of a 40% increase compared to 2018.
#citizenship, #IRCC, #Chinese