Contemplating a new life in Canada? You are not alone. Nearly a million people moved to Canada legally in 2004 alone, and millions of thousands more have their applications pending. Canada is one of the western countries that admits the most immigrants along with the United States. Immigrants are drawn to the high standards of living that stem from low crime rates and a strong economy. Once you arrive in Canada, what are you likely to expect?
Seventy percent of all new immigrants to Canada report minor problems settling in. Many already have friends and family in Canada to help them assimilate. If not, there are many immigration advocacy groups that help newcomers make the transition. Most newcomers find work in less than a year. This can work in almost all fields and sectors of the economy.
It has also been reported that the majority of immigrants, almost 90 percent, tend to join their own ethnic groups. Because Canada is a multi-ethnic society, just like the United States, newcomers quickly find their own established compatriots. Many also bridge the cultural gap and make new friends among other ethnicities.
One of the main impediments to settle was the climate. Canada has some of the coldest winter months in the entire Western Hemisphere. This is due to the proximity of the continent to the Arctic Circle and the North Pole. This problem is compounded by the fact that many immigrants to Canada come from the tropics, where the climate is relatively warm year-round.
While it is true that the Canadian immigration system only wants to legalize people who have formal skills, there is stiff competition for jobs in Canada. This is because Canada has one of the highest literacy rates on the planet. If one is looking for menial jobs, there are plenty in Canada. But if one wishes to advance higher than the blue collar brokers then one has to be well educated and have skills and experience. Newcomers may only have a rudimentary understanding of the inner workings of an advanced economy, and this can make assimilation difficult.
English and French are the predominant languages in Canada. French is especially dominant in some states like Quebec. While immigrants from French-speaking countries, such as some West African states, would not have a problem, this may not be the case for English-speaking immigrants. One may find themselves enrolling in English or French classes before fully assimilating into the Canadian workforce.