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Offering permanent residence to temporary workers should not mean excluding those overseas

Public health objectives during pandemic should be balanced with need to increase immigration

Ravi Jain

The Canadian government set ambitious targets for immigration this year in the name of economic recovery. In a recent TV interview, the minister of immigration hinted that these targets will be met by offering permanent residence to more temporary workers already in Canada. While there are clear benefits to transitioning temporary residents here in Canada, the government should be weary of doing so to the exclusion of those overseas.

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