Several immigrants leaving Canada within 20 years of arriving, Statistics Canada says

Canadian Immigrants. Image credit: R/@Concern70732755

Toronto/CMEDIA: A new study has reported that within 20 years of their arrival in Canada, more than 15 percent of immigrants decide to leave Canada either to return to their homeland or immigrate to another country.

Approximately 5.1 percent of immigrants admitted, according to the study, that they emigrated within five years of their admission between 1982 and 2017.

“While some immigrants may have planned to leave Canada at some point, emigration may also attest to the difficulties many immigrants encounter in integrating into the Canadian labour market or society,” the study reportedly said.

“This period may reflect the length of time that immigrants try to integrate into Canada by attempting to find a job and a place to live and adapting to life in Canada,”  Statistics Canada said in a statement posted to its website. “Some immigrants may also emigrate if they encounter challenges in integrating or because they intended to from the outset.”

It was also found by the study that recent immigrants are more likely to emigrate than immigrants from older cohorts.

According to Statistics Canada emigration is slightly more common between three and seven years.

The study found that there is a strong correlation of emigration with certain characteristics, such as having children, admission category and country of birth, found the study.

“Some immigrants may also emigrate if they encounter challenges in integrating or because they intended to from the outset,” said the study.

The socioeconomic situation of immigrants after their admission to Canada, including employment income and mobility was studied by analyzing data from the Longitudinal Immigration Database.

The database includes information for all immigrants since 1952 and non-permanent residents since 1980. It also uses tax files since 1982.

Immigrant emigration was measured by Statistics Canada by using indirect criteria because as reported by Statistics Canada no national database exists that measures the number of people who leave Canada.

Emigrants in this study are identified through information in T1 tax returns and in the Permanent Resident Landing File from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

 “The results of this study were compared with results from other sources and have a high degree of coherence,” according to  Statistics Canada.