According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, Canada has admitted more refugees than any other country in the world in 2018. Canada also had the second highest rate of new citizenship among refugees.
Some 98,000 refugees were resettled in 25 different countries and Canada leads the pack with a total of 28,100 refugees welcomed over the course of one year. Of those, about 18,000 became Canadian citizens.
Canadians, however, haven't been so quick to welcome this influx of refugees as you'd think. Polling numbers suggest that a vast majority of Canadians — some 63% — want the government to limit overall immigration levels.
Only 37% of Canadians think that there should be even more immigration to meet economic and labour demands across the country. Experts say that Canadians might be concerned about infrastructure, for example, but a strong economy — backed by immigrant workers — allows for more investment into key societal projects.
Immigrants that have successfully settled here are leading the charge when it comes to finding jobs. In fact, the employment rate among recent immigrants aged 25-54 reached 71% in 2018.
The report also reveals a troubling figure. The number of refugees fleeing wars, persecution, and conflict worldwide reached over 70 million — the highest since World War II.
Canada, for its part, is doing as much as possible to lend a hand to aid the global refugee crisis. 18,000 refugees became Canadian citizens last year, the second highest rate in the world.
Immigration polls also reveal a sharply developing political divide emerging in the country. 54% of Liberal voters want to see immigration levels increase compared to only 19% of Conservative voters. 81% of Conservatives want to see immigration decrease.
These numbers suggest that immigration debate will be the most hotly contested issue in November's election.
Meanwhile, Canadians can potentially reap huge benefits if the rate of immigration is increased. Remember, for most of us, it was some form of immigration that allows us this Canadian life we live.
In 2018, Canada welcomed more refugees than anywhere else in the world, according to a United Nations report. Most Canadians, however, feel that the rate of immigration is too high.
To read more about the United Nations Refugee Agency's report, click here.
To read more about Canadians and their opinions on immigration, please read this report from CTV News.