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Nigeria Takes Fifth Spot Among New Immigrants to Canada

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Nigeria is a top-5 country of birth for recent immigration to Canada, according to the country’s 2021 census. Nigerians came in fifth place in 2021 as a source of immigration to Canada, up some 8th spots compared to the position in 2016, when they were 13th.

Nigerians took the fifth spot as the primary place of birth of new immigrants to Canada- 3% of recent immigrants from 2016 to 2021 – meaning almost one in thirty recent immigrants were born in Nigeria, data released by Statistics Canada, in its report Portrait of Immigration to Canada, showed.

In 2021, more than 8.3 million people, or almost one-quarter (23%) of the population, were, or had ever been, a landed immigrant or permanent resident in Canada.

This is the largest immigrant share of Canada’s population since the country was founded as a country in 1867.

While in the past, majority of immigrants in Canada came from Europe, over the past 50 years, the share of new immigrants from Europe has declined, with the share of new immigrants who were born in Africa and Asia (including the Middle East) increasing.

Over half of recent immigrants living in Canada were admitted under the economic category. Of these 748,120 economic immigrants, just over one-third (34.5%) were selected through skilled worker programs and another one-third (33.6%) through the Provincial Nominee Program.

The proportion of immigrants who first came to Canada temporarily on work or study permits or as asylum claimants before being admitted as permanent residents was especially high among recent immigrants who settled since 2016 (36.6%).

The Canadian government is all set to announce its Immigration Levels Plan for the upcoming year on November 1.

It will include the breakdown of immigrants from economic class, family class and humanitarian class programs Canada expects to welcome over the next three years.

Under the Immigration Levels Plan for 2022-2024, Canada has set a target of bringing 431,645 new permanent residents. The target will increase into 2024 for a total of 451,000 new permanent residents.

Canada has been welcoming record number of permanent residents. So far in 2022 Canada has already welcomed over 300,000 new permanent residents.

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