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COVID Causes Recent Canadian Newcomers To Return To Home Countries

Source: Maan Alhmidi The Canadian Press, globalnews.ca, March 08, 2021

Robert Falconer, a researcher at the University of Calgary School of Public Policy, has said that many of those who have left in the past year might not come back if the economy doesn’t recover quickly.

The economic and life disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted some recent immigrants to leave Canada and return to their countries of origin, where they have more social and family connections.

The number of permanent residents who have been in Canada for less than five years declined by four per cent to 1,019,000 by the end of 2020 from 1,060,000 the year before, according to an analysis of Statistics Canada’s labour force survey that measures the number of workers between 15 and 65 years old by their immigration status.

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