2 Canadian ImmigrationEvery year, over 200,000 people are allowed to enter Canada as permanent residents.They complete an application process that provides them with an opportunity for a new life in Canada.Once approved, an individual is able to enjoy almost all the same rights as citizens of Canada (with the exception of voting privileges and unlimited stays when traveling outside of Canada).The process of obtaining permanent residency in Canada is complex and time consuming.
3 Canadian Immigration by Top 10 Source Countries, 2008 China29 33612%India24 54910%Philippines23 7249.5%USA11 2164.5%United Kingdom9 2433.7%Pakistan8 0523%South Korea7 2452.9%France6 3842.6%Iran6 0102.4%Colombia4 9952%Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Facts and Figures 2008: Immigration Overview, 2008.
4 Three main categories: 1. Family ClassFamily members already living in Canada sponsor applicants;Also includes international adoption;In 2008, 23% of all immigrants to Canada
5 2. Independent Class/ Economic Immigrants Skilled workers, entrepreneurs and investors;In 2008, 64% of all immigrants to Canada
6 3. RefugeesMust prove that their life is in danger because of war, natural disaster or discrimination based on their race, religion, nationality or political opinion;In 2008, 9% of all immigrants to Canada26% of refugees to Canada come from Mexico Why?To escape Mexico’s violent drug warTo escape discrimination13% come from Haiti