Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration, 2013

This report is a useful source of statistical and other info on immigration and related programs. Less trend analysis than desired, however, and glosses over problems like the drop in citizenship applications approved.

Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration, 2013.

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Andrew blogs and tweets public policy issues, particularly the relationship between the political and bureaucratic levels, citizenship and multiculturalism. His latest book, Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias, recounts his experience as a senior public servant in this area.

6 Responses to Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration, 2013

  1. eileenfinn says:

    Thanks for posting.

    Regarding the citizenship numbers for 2012, it reports “CIC processed 193,243 applications for citizenship, resulting in 126,571 individuals becoming Canadian citizens.”

    The quarterly statistics for Q42012 report that the CIC only approved 113,111 new citizens for 2012 (retroactively revised to 113,142 in Q1 2013 statistics). Any idea of why there is such a discrepancy?

    Also, are we to infer that 66,672 applications were withdrawn, abandoned or denied? This seems to be an order of magnitude higher than past statistics I have seen on non-approved citizenship applications. Any insights?

    • eileenfinn says:

      Ah. Mystery solved. The report to Parliament overstates the amount of new citizens by misquoting its statistics.

      According to this document obtained from CIC Statistics and Cost Recovery Unit.:, there were 193,243 citizenship grant applications received that resulted in the creation of a case during 2012. 13,300 applications were denied, withdrawn or abandoned. Most of the rest remain in process.

      Additionally, there were 126,571 outcomes, not new citizens.
      113,142 approved as new citizens + 13,428 denied, withdrawn or abandoned = 126,570 outcomes.

      • Andrew says:

        The reality is a bit less neutral than presented above. CIC processing capacity dropped dramatically in 2012 due to a variety of factors. See this Appendix, taken from my book, for details and historical series:

      • eileenfinn says:

        Thanks. Yes, the dramatic citizenship slowdown experienced by hundreds of thousands of us is the result of a series of deliberate policy and administrative decisions. The slowdown which withholds citizenship from qualified applicants for years and the policies which put citizenship out of reach for ever widening swaths of immigrants is not an accident.

        I meant to point out above that the CIC has misreported to Parliament the number of new citizens for 2012 by fudging or misrepresenting its own statistics. I would hope the CIC corrects the error. Such inattention, incompetence or obfuscation further undermines the agency’s credibility, and more importantly, it undermines immigrants and new Canadians’ faith in the Canadian government as a whole. To most immigrants, the CIC IS the Canadian government. It demonstrates the norms of Canadian politics and public service. With its ever-increasing delays, opacity and withheld or fudged statistics, the CIC squanders its opportunity to show good governance in action.

        I hope that was less neutral.

      • Andrew says:

        Yes, that was less neutral!

  2. migueldelaveganyc11 says:

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