Canada’s Minister of Housing and Immigration, Mark Miller, commented that there is corruption in the immigration system and process of foreign students in Canada. He also mentioned that some individuals and groups are benefiting greatly through this corruption.
Expressing concern about this in an interview given to the Canadian television channel Canadian Broadcast Corporation on Sunday, the minister said, “There is no such problem in government universities.” Their student admission process is very transparent. At the center of my concern are the private universities and colleges that are springing up every year across the country like an umbrella of frogs.
Incidentally, Canada is one of the most popular destinations for students and immigrants from underdeveloped and developing countries in the world. Every year lakhs of foreign students visit the country to pursue various undergraduate and postgraduate courses in various Canadian universities. A large number of these students try to settle in the country after obtaining their degree. Obtaining citizenship and work permits in Canada is also relatively easy compared to other countries.
By the end of 2023, at least 900,000 new foreign students will enter Canada for admission to various universities, the minister said in the interview, “This is the highest number of foreign students in the history of Canada. Compared to the number of foreign students coming to Canada just a decade ago, more than 3 times more students are coming this year.
Foreign students contribute greatly to Canada’s national economy. Mark Miller admitted in an interview on Sunday that the Canadian government earns between 2,000 and 3,000 billion Canadian dollars per year from student arrivals, university course fees and accommodation and other sources.
The minister said, ‘Yes, it is a very attractive sector and there are some problems, some corruption and manipulation. These days many foreign students are not following any rules of entry and they (students) are getting into Canada through the back door.”
As a result, some individuals are breaking the law and looting huge sums of money by using loopholes in the system. The coordination and transparency of our student immigration system and process is now a matter of great concern to me.