COVID-19 Immigration Effects December 2020

With the release of all December 2020 datasets, I have updated my slides showing the impact of COVID-19 on immigration to Canada. Slides 3 and 4 have the highlights.

The dramatic decrease in immigration and related programs in 2020 helps explain the government’s response, whether reasonable in the case of providing more flexibility in when and how to submit documents, flexibility for international students studying online from their country of origin, shift to online testing for citizenship; some more questionable as having express entry drafts with minimum score of 75 for invitations of apply (compared to the more reasonable scores of mid to high 400s:


About Andrew
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.

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