According to a survey conducted on March 20, 2019, two-thirds of Canadian citizens believed that immigrants helped in making the country stronger. The study carried out by American think tank the Pew Research Centre, was conclusive and indicated that among the 18 major countries they undertook the research, Canada topped the list in terms of how they trusted the immigrants.
For years, the Canadian workforce has been on the decline and immigrants have helped to establish the balance in the sector. That is why almost 70 per cent of the country’s population felt the essence of this group of individuals and believed that they helped to stabilize their country.
This information is quite credible taking into an account Pew Research Centre is one of the leading United States Research Company that has many years of experience in conducting such researches.
The study further expounded that the 18 countries that Pew Research Centre conducted this survey, they house the greatest number of immigrants. In fact, over 50 per cent of the world’s total of immigrants resides in these countries.
Statistically, these countries housed almost 127.5 million immigrants. Us was at the top of the list with an immigrant population of a staggering 44.4 million. However, the US has less trust in their immigrant citizen as compared to their Canadian counterparts due to the high menace of terror threats and a surge of drugs in the country.
The study showed that the Canadian foreign-born population was at 7.9 million, which acts as a representation of 3 per cent of the world’s total immigrants.
Among the 18 countries, Canada came on top with respondents who believed less that immigrants were more likely to commit a crime. Out of ten respondents, eight were in agreement Immigrants were no more to blame for crime than those born in Canada—the highest number recorded in the study.
The research also examined the correlation between terrorism and the immigrants’ situation. Out of the total Canadian population, 61 per cent believed that immigrants did not pose any threat to an increase in terrorism. These statistics represented the third highest among the 18 countries they undertook the survey. Mexico topped the list with a staggering 65 per cent with the US at 56 per cent. The median for all the 18 countries stood at 48 per cent.
The study showed that over half of the Canadian population were not sure that the immigrants were willing to integrate into society. 48 per cent of the Canadian respondents believed the immigrants were ready to adapt to the Canadian way of life and customs as compared to 47 per cent who felt that they were distinct and continued to hold dear to the culture and customs of the mother country. 3 per cent of the respondents were undecided.
Just like other countries, many of the respondents in Canada supported the deportation of illegal immigrants. 53 per cent of them agreed with the latter scenario while 39 per cent opposed the move.
These interests will serve as the linchpin of the aspiring politician in 2019 federal election in the country. The immigrant issue has been shaping the country’s politics and will be one area to address as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seeks a second term in office