Immigrants leaving Canada cite financial strain amid rising costs

Logan D Suza

Many immigrants are leaving Canada due to the abnormal increase in the cost of living and the housing crisis

It is the dream of many to move to the North American country of Canada and settle there. Many people of the world burned a lot of wood and moved to Canada to realize that dream. However, the British media Reuters reported in a report on Sunday (December 10) that many immigrants are leaving Canada due to the abnormal increase in the cost of living and the housing crisis.

Most of Canada’s permanent citizens are elderly. Besides, the birth rate in the country is also low. Due to this, there is less human resource compared to the demand. And to eliminate this human resource problem, the country’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made immigration one of his biggest weapons. Due to his liberal policies, numerous new immigrants strengthened the country’s economy. As a result, Canada’s population has also increased for the first time in the last six decades.

But now, on the contrary, the tendency of immigrants to leave Canada is seen. About 42,000 immigrants left Canada in the first six months of 2023. Although last year this number was 93 thousand 818 people. On the other hand, 85 thousand 927 people left Canada in 2021.

According to a recent report published by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, a record number of immigrants left Canada in 2019 in the past few decades. While this trend decreased during the lockdown due to the Corona pandemic, it is now on the rise.

At the same time, 263,000 new immigrants arrived in Canada, but observers are concerned about the increase in emigration. A country like Canada; The exodus of people from a country built on immigration has been a stumbling block for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s policies. Based on his immigration policy, he has allowed 2.5 million people to settle permanently in the country in the last 8 years.

British news agency Reuters spoke to several immigrants in Canada. Some of whom have already left Canada. Others are planning to leave. They said they were forced to leave Canada due to abnormal housing rents.

One of them is 25-year-old Kara (pseudonym). Who immigrated to Canada in 2022 as a refugee from Hong Kong. Kara said that she is staying in a basement room after coming to Canada. But for this room, he has to pay 650 Canadian dollars (53 thousand taka) per month. 30 percent of what he earns goes on rent.

He said, “I never thought of leaving a western country. You can only rent a room in the basement.” Kara did not reveal her real name. Because he participated in the 2019 Hong Kong protests.

Kara said, he currently has three part-time jobs in Canada. He then studied for university credit. He said, “I spend all the money here. I could save about one-third of my income while in Hong Kong.”

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