Learning from Kanada’s immigration policy

Annette Shavan, the German minister for education, returned from Meseberg “highly satisfied”, as she said in her own words. She is convinced that Germany after a decisions of the Cabinet had become more attractive for talented immigrants. The German Government had decided some relief for the influx of foreign workers in Meseberg. She wants to develop a new immigration policy. Supporting she wants to learn from the experiences of other countries in relation to the control of immigration. Take a look at Canada could be helpful. The country in North America is struggling with similar problems,  as Germany: aging population, low birth rate and a lack of talented workers. In contrast to Germany, Canada relies to immigrants. About 250.000 every year, 25 percent of them are from India and China. Asians represent 48 percent of the 250.000 immigrants registered the last year. From Europe by now, merely less than 16 percent. Qualified professionals, coming into the country by using points of the “Skilled Worker Program”, are the largest group (138.000), before family reunion(70.500) and refugees (32.500). Between Vancouver and Halifax decides since the 90’s a point system which professions can immigrate. The list of preferred professions is long. It ranges from elevator mechanic, car mechanics, to psychiatrists, carpenters, welders and nurses, even journalists are welcome. Applicants must achieve 67 by 100 possible points. Most of them are there for the education. Graduates receive 25 points, craftsmen and master craftsman with 15 years professional experience 15. Who speaks the two official languages, English and French, fluent, can make further 24 credit points. Of course, experience helps, the more the merrier. The age is also taken into account. Between 21 to 49 years old, a immigrant can gain 10 further points in the pre-test on the Internet. But invalidity pensioner are not welcome, from 54 years, there are no points for age. But if the woman also speaks English well, or any of the children is Canadian should gain five points again. Canada requires proof that the applicants in the initial period can look after themselves, either by a confirmation of a job or a bank statement. The need for a family with one child is currently 10.800 euros. After about two years of waiting, and a medical test can the journey start.

But this is not a guarantee to get the dream job. A study by the University of Melbourne said that 15 percent of skilled immigrants are unemployed. Only 23,5 percent of workers with academic degrees get a job. In Chinese restaurants serve many teachers. Vancouver’s cynics suggest, rather get a heart attack in a taxi, because there is a high chance that an Indian cardiologist sits behind the steering wheel.

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2 thoughts on “Learning from Kanada’s immigration policy

  1. I like the idea with Canada´s point system. You must get enough points in order to be able to immigrate as a high skilled worker. This assessment covers all assessment indicators such as work experience, language skills etc. Therefore Germany that really needs qualified personal will definitely benefit from this using this system in encouraging immigrants. However, the question is if it also benefit from immigration itself? In the case of Canada´s immigration we can see that even the immigrant´s skills are underutilized. Not only the unemployment rate is high but also there is a non-recognition of foreign experience. Firms in Canada probably prefere to hire home educated workers with domestic experience. Thus, in my opinion, Germany or also other countries has to consider this problems or find possible solutions before inspiring immigrants with point systems.

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  2. Kanada is maybe the only country which cosiders immigrants not only as a work force but also the individuals to be integrated to society and That s the only country provides financial and political support for this aim.This was the basic problem in Europes migration policies that resulted in some socials disorders in Europe.

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