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They like us, they really like us

More than half the world would love to move to Canada: survey


 

More than half of people around the world say they would abandon their homelands and move to Canada if they could, according to an international survey commissioned by the Historica-Dominion Institute in partnership with the Munk School of Global Affairs and the Aurea Foundation. Fifty-three per cent of adults in the world’s 24 leading economies said they would immigrate to Canada. The reason? Canadian’s positive attitudes about newcomers, and our dearth of anti-immigration parties—which most European countries have. Eighty-six per cent of respondents said Canada is a country where rights and freedoms are respected; 72 per cent said Canada is welcoming to immigrants; 79 per cent said Canadians are tolerant of people from different racial and cultural backgrounds; and 79 per cent said Canadians have one of the best qualities of life. “Canada is considered desirable for people all around the world,” said Andrew Cohen, president of the Historica-Dominion Institute. This survey suggests Canada may lead the way in the global talent wars. “The shining city on the hill, as America was, and remains, for many people.”

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  1. That is very good news.

    We are going to need every pair of hands we can get in the next 50 years.

    • Three or four billion ("more than half the world…") over fifty years might be a little much, though. I've got a spare bedroom in the basement, and the old hide-a-bed couch no one will sit on is still in the corner of the living room. So I can cover three or four people

  2. If this was an entirely Canada-focused survey, then it is meaningless.

    If I had the free choice between (A) staying in my current country or (B) moving abroad, I would choose (select A or B).

    If I answered "B" above, the country I would most wish to move to would be __________________ (fill in the blank, no suggestions, no list provided).

    How many do you suppose would say "Canada" now? THAT's the statistic that would matter. This let's-be-polite-to-the-survey-guy-asking-questions-about-Canada exercise is just silly.

    • I agree. It's a bit of a fluff survey.

  3. Is it true the government gives more money to immigrants than to our seniors?