Posted Feb 27, 2022 8:00 AM EST

Data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) suggests that 2021 has been a big year for Iranian immigration. Canada welcomed more than 11,000 Iranians last year, making it the eighth most popular source country for new immigrants in 2021. In this article, we examine why Iranians prefer Canada over other destinations.

In recent years, the wave of elite and youth emigration to Iran has intensified, mainly due to the degraded economic situation and the lack of civil liberties. Since the 1978 revolution, Canada has become an attractive destination for Iranians.

Most Iranians who come to Canada are educated and fluent in English. Acquiring Canadian residency through investments is also popular among wealthy Iranians. According to data from the 2016 Canadian census, more than 210,000 Iranians lived in Canada. We will know the most recent numbers in the fall of 2022 when new census data is released.

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The official language of Canada is English

English and French are the official languages ​​of Canada. Additionally, due to the diversity of immigrants, the country has a rich linguistic diversity. The teaching of English in Iran starts as early as middle school and continues until the end of high school. In addition, all university students can take English courses. The good English skills of Iranian immigrants allow them to adapt and integrate more quickly.

Various immigration programs

Canada has always been recognized for its various immigration programs. Declining birth rates, an aging population, and the need for a new workforce are some of the reasons the Canadian government has moderated its immigration policies and is welcoming more immigrants.

Canada offers more than 100 immigration pathways. Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), family sponsorship and student visas are common ways for Iranians to come to Canada.

In addition, the capacity to receive immigrants in Canada has increased in recent years. In the 2022-2024 Immigration Levels Plan, Canada projects 431,645 admissions of permanent residents. Last year, Canada succeeded in admitting more than 405,000 new permanent residents.

Accredited educational institutions and immigration pathways for students

Canada’s public education system is known as K-12, and it provides high-quality and equal education opportunities for everyone, regardless of their ethnicity, race, and background. According to an OECD report on literacy rates, Canadian students had the best reading scores compared to other OECD countries. Additionally, immigrant students in Canada reported higher reading levels than non-immigrant students.

There is a wide range of universities and colleges in Canada. The University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, McGill University and McMaster University are among the top 100 universities in the world, according to the British magazine Times Higher Education.

Canada also offers permanent residence pathways for international students. International graduates who complete a qualifying full-time program lasting at least eight months may be eligible to obtain a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), which allows them to gain work experience in Canada that may open their eligibility for even more immigration. programs.

Quality of life

According to the OECD Better Life Index, Canada ranks above average in terms of housing, subjective well-being, personal safety, health status, social connections, quality of environment, jobs and income, work-life balance, education and skills, civic engagement, income and wealth. In addition, about 73% of people aged 15 to 64 in Canada are in paid employment. Canada is currently the ninth largest economy in the world.

Iran’s economy is in dire straits due to international sanctions and domestic corruption. Rising inflation and lack of hope for improvement have led tens of thousands of Iranians to emigrate every year.

Cultural diversity

Multiculturalism has been promoted in the country since 1970 by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, and Canadians are generally welcoming of immigrants, even during the COVID-19 recession. Canada is home to immigrants of different nationalities, religions, languages ​​and races.

Iranians are also part of Canada’s cultural community. Ancient Iranian ceremonies such as Nowruz are celebrated in Canada, and even Prime Minister Justin Trudeau congratulates the Iranian community on the Persian New Year. Iranians have enjoyed significant success in the country including Hassan Khosrowshahi who founded the Future Shop chain of stores, Karim Hakimi who is the founder of Hakim Optical Lab Ltd and the Ghermezian family who developed and owns the famous West Edmonton Mall. Moreover, Iranian immigrants even entered the Canadian Parliament and held important government positions. Among them are current Liberal MPs Ali Cyrus Ehsassi and Majid Jowhari.

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