we have to be clear : the world has never been better than it is right now.
Thanks to globalization there are less and less wars. Global poverty is falling markedly and quality of life is generally improving.
Many global countries have decided to rebel and refuse openness as well as understanding among their nations.
In Europe for example, extreme right parties are spreading uncertainty.
The Le Pen in France, Wilders in Netherlands and Hofers in Austria are good examples of this new wave of politics that is also affecting countries like Finland, Denmark, Germany, and Hungary among others.
Further, it has also been partly responsible for the Brexit victory in the United Kingdom.
It is a movement which is taking advantage of the fear, despite the fact that we are living in societies which are becoming safer and safer.
But as you all know, these ideas are not exclusive to Europe.
Donald Trump won the US elections and has spoken about his views which are clearly contrary to globalization and immigration.
At this point the best question we can ask is : Are there any developed countries left that still believe in in open borders and globalization?
Actually, believe it or not there do exists few developed countries that believe in globalization.
One of the most significant one is obviously the place we are right now. Canada
In the year 2016 alone, Canada has admitted into their country more than 300,000 new immigrants. That’s close to 1 percent of its total population.
Further, this is a greater proportion than any other developed country.
And do you noted that this is nothing new, that’s something that is being going on for more than two decades.
The result of this is today one in every five Canadians was born abroad, a percentage which is almost double of the US or the UK.
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And the fact of the matter is that this hasn’t led to any sort of national tragedy. In fact, quite the opposite. And the Canadians are the first one to know this.
According to the prestigious Environics Institute, almost 80 percent of the citizens consider immigration to be good good for the economy and think that it’s one of the best ways to deal with some of the issues faced by Canada such as it’s aging population.
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And if you really think about it, it does make sense. Employment is the country’s most productive asset, so, why would they want to prevent it from growing?
In context to dynamic economy, what is the harm of immigrants who are willing to work, to set up companies or want to get education?
It is something that we think is really good.
TRUDEAU’S FIRST YEAR
In October 2015, Justin Trudeau became Canada’s Prime Minister. He defeated against all odds, the conservative Stephen Harper, who held the office for almost 10 years.
Since then the political agenda has been dominated by a determination to deepen the country’s pro-globalization policies.
Trudeau himself, a left winger, has been quite an advocate of promoting free trade and social mobility.
In his first year in office he signed a free trade agreement with the European Union and confirmed Canada’s adherence to TPP.
Although, Trump’s first action was to destroy it, it was going to be the biggest commercial agreement in the history.
In just a year Canada has built up free trade agreements with almost 60 percent of global economy.
Further, Trudeau wants to expand this and increase trade with China
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And the government is doing more of the same concerning immigration.
They have also set a goal of increasing the number of immigrants they receive by 50 percent every year.
video clip… from CGNT Africa
Given these principles, it shouldn’t surprise you to hear that Canada is one of the countries that are most committed to receiving Syrian refugees
Canada has received more than 33000 Syrian refugees since Trudeau became Prime Minister.
In his first year, Trudeau himself personally went to Toronto’s airport to welcome refugees into the country.
Immigration to Canada isn’t totally free.
What is important here is not whether or whether there are not, excessive administrative requirements, but rather that citizens shouldn’t automatically view those who are immigrating to the countries as criminals.
This is precisely why canada is is quite so successful.
They are a country that takes pride in looking for additional citizens. They are not looking for temporary immigrants.
Since 1967, immigration to Canada has been based on a point system. This system considers qualifications, experience professional skills and language that is English or French.
In the way system also gives priority to those professionals who needed it by the companies
Visa requirement Mexican CTV news . video clip
The tendency seems to be to make these procedure easier.
But what is really important is the social recognition and the integration of immigrants into the country
The Canadian Bill of Rights itself recognizes the concept of multicultural patrimony.
There are solid policies to encourage integration which by the way don’t focus on stripping the immigrants all the way to lose their own cultural identity nut rather sees that as encouraging factor.
For example, in Canadian schools, it is easy to find classes taught in Spanish or Ukrainian.
And the results support the policies indeed.
In the last decade, Canada’s growth has been greater than the US, Germany and the UK and their citizens enjoy a very high standard of living.
Now it might be easier to understand why Canada’s immigration Website collapsed few hours after Trumps victory.
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We also might understand why The Economist also has cover-page highlighting Canada’s liberty
screenshot of The Economist cover page
But of course Canada’s model isn’t perfect but compared to new nationalist and populist tendencies of other countries, Canada shows what a desirable openness alternative can really be.
The key takeaway here is Isolation the country, like the US, is not the best way to improve the things.
Now, I leave with you a unanswered question.
Now, Do you think Immigration generates as many problems as some claim?