CANADA AIMS TO BRING IN MORE THAN 1.2 MILLION IMMIGRANTS OVER 3 YEARS
Canada strives to bring in over 1.2 million fresh immigrants over the course of the next three years as the nation attempts to fill gaps in its labor market and boost the economy, both of which have been hard hit by COVID-19 pandemic.
While speaking with reporters in Ottowa, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said the federal government aims to accept 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021, another 411,000 in 2022 and then 421,000 in 2023.
“Canada needs more workers,” he said, “and immigration is the way to get there”.
“Before the pandemic, our government’s goal to drive the economy forward through immigration was ambitious. Now it’s simply vital,” said Mendicino, who tabled the new immigration targets earlier in the day.
Robert Falconer, an immigration policy researcher at the University of Calgary School of Public Policy as well as a refugee, tweeted that if the government attains its goals, then the next three years will be “the highest years on record since 1911.”
Canada’s immigration system has long been held up as a model, as it has historically brought in skilled workers as well as refugees and individuals seeking to reunite with family members already in the country.
The immigration system of Canada has long been held as a model to other nations, as historically, it has brought in skilled refugees and workers, as well as individuals seeking to reunite with family members who are already within the country.
Due to the pandemic, the nation closed its borders to most immigrants in March. Throughout the month of August, it had settled 128,425 newcomers, Reuters news agency reported – less than half of the 341,000 – person target it had set for 2020.
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Delving into this week’s topic, I believe we can all agree that immigration is quite a controversial topic, especially within the Western World. Yet as Christians, we must be aware that Jesus Christ calls us to possess a different viewpoint and outlook on the things of this world, especially since the Bible describes us as being God’s very own ambassadors (2 Cor 5:20). Keeping this in mind, I think it is absolutely essential to comprehend from GOD’S perspective what actually makes an individual a part of his people.
In studying the book of Esther, I believe we are able to see the topic of immigration from an entirely different view… In fact, it may just shock you. Est 8:17 (KJV) reads, “And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.” I want us to center in on that very last part of the scripture: And many of the people of the land became Jews. This is quite astounding… let’s dissect this.
Some people think that the nation of Israel was merely based on race or ethnicity, implying that God’s favor was based on racial superiority. But when we study scriptures such as Est 8:17, we find that this far from the truth. Those that feared the God of the Jews were grafted into the Jewish nation, therefore denoting that God sees the composition of a nation as being far more than skin deep. Allow me to shed some light on this truth: what binds a people together is more than skin or even blood… the heart and spirit are deeper and stronger.
Another scripture goes on to explain how Gentiles (unbelievers/outsiders of the faith) are “grafted in” to the Body of Christ, becoming united with Jesus Christ and gaining citizenship among the people of Israel (Eph 2:11-13). Obviously, it is quite clear that our God welcomes “immigrants of the faith” with open arms, not being concerned of new-believers “stealing the callings” of other seasoned believers (a clever analogy for the well-known complaints of a nation’s immigrants “stealing jobs” from other seasoned citizens).
Therefore, Children of God, let’s not despise influxes of immigrants into our nations, since we have the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16) and think with a Heavenly perspective on all things, including politics. If God welcomes newcomers into the faith who revere him, then from a physical perspective, we should not shut our nation’s doors to people who need our assistance and our willing to respect what we believe. Christianity is deeper than “feel good encouragement.” It is a way of life that reflects the nature of Jesus Christ and his Kingdom in everything we do, including how we treat others who differ from us.
Re-evaluate who is in your closest circle of influence (besides family… family is your most important ministry). Is your main circle of influence comprised mainly of people who look like you or people who will sharpen you as a person? Strive to always have the latter. If you don’t have these type of people around you, pray that God would remove negative influences in your life and send you positive people to change your perspective and take you to new levels in life.
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