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Settling Syrian Refugees: Lessons from the GTA

April 24, 2017

Kareem El-Assal Kareem El-Assal
Research Associate,
Education and Immigration Research

Since November 2015, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) has been the leading destination of Syrian refugee arrivals to Canada, welcoming about one-in-five of the 40,000 newcomers.1 Given that some 20,000 Syrian refugee applications have been finalized or remain under process,2...

Canada Deserves an “A” for Immigration Innovation

April 19, 2017

Kareem El-Assal Kareem El-Assal
Research Associate,
Education and Immigration Research

They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and that adage holds true when looking at Canada’s approach to immigration. While Canada is not always known for being innovative, it has identified creative approaches to recruit newcomers and facilitate ...

Five Reasons to Sign Up for Canadian Immigration Summit 2017: Innovating at 150 and Beyond

April 12, 2017

Kareem El-Assal Kareem El-Assal
Research Associate,
Education and Immigration Research

On May 9–10, The Conference Board of Canada hosts its third annual Canadian Immigration Summit in Ottawa to celebrate the vital contributions that immigrants have made to Canada and discuss innovations that could help build an even stronger immigration system ...

Quebec Has Great Potential to Attract and Retain More International Students

April 04, 2017

Kareem El-Assal Kareem El-Assal
Research Associate,
Education and Immigration Research

There are many reasons why an international student would want to study in Quebec. The province offers international students excellent colleges and universities, globally competitive tuition fees, a heritage like no other in North America, the opportunity to learn French ...

Canada Needs Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Investors

January 25, 2017

Craig Alexander
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
The Conference Board of Canada
Kareem El-Assal Kareem El-Assal
Research Associate,
Education and Immigration Research

While protectionist instincts are prevailing around the world, Canada’s doors are wide open to immigrants. This openness acknowledges that immigrants make Canada prosperous. However, Canada has ...

Immigration in 2016: A Year of Change

December 19, 2016

Kareem El-Assal Kareem El-Assal
Research Associate,
Education and Immigration Research

Over the past 10 years, Canada’s immigration system has experienced one of the most profound periods of change in the nation’s history. Canada has launched several new economic class programs, introduced Express Entry, made it easier for international students to work ...

Shaping the Future of Canadian Business Immigration

November 28, 2016

Kareem El-Assal Kareem El-Assal
Research Associate,
Education and Immigration Research

Since 1978, Canada has operated various business immigration programs to attract entrepreneurs and investors. While business immigration programs are guided by the straightforward rationale of attracting those who will help grow Canada’s economy, the programs have had mixed success. It’s ...

A New Immigrant Investor Program?

November 22, 2016

Kareem El-Assal Kareem El-Assal
Research Associate,
Education and Immigration Research

In 1986, Canada launched the Immigrant Investor Program (IIP). Its aim was to attract experienced business people to spur job creation through entrepreneurship, investments, and spending. Following fervent debate on the extent to which it benefitted the economy, the IIP ...

Temporary Foreign Worker Changes Are Coming: Here’s Why

September 12, 2016

Kareem El-Assal Kareem El-Assal
Research Associate, Education and Immigration Research
National Immigration Centre

This month, a major parliamentary committee report on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) is set for public release. The TFWP has been the subject of intense public scrutiny in recent years due to proven and alleged ...

The Billion Dollar Question: Does Canada Need Business Immigration?

August 29, 2016

Kareem El-Assal Kareem El-Assal
Research Associate, Education and Immigration Research
National Immigration Centre
Sonia Takhar Sonia Takhar
Student Intern

Canada’s immigration minister John McCallum recently announced that the federal government is evaluating the merits of launching a new program to attract immigrant investors to the country.1

Entrepreneur and investor (“business”) ...

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