Canada's population is getting older. This makes the Canadian economy dependent on immigration, as in some European countries such as Germany and France. For this reason, Justin Trudeau's government is increasing the number of immigrants accepted every year.
However, despite slowing inflation in construction costs, the housing crisis is in full swing, which has turned the spotlight on immigrants and international students for increasing the demand for housing.
"A SYSTEM OUT OF CONTROL"
According to reports in the Canadian press, Immigration Minister Marc Miller said that there will be a limit on the number of foreign students allowed to live in Canada.
Drawing attention to the high number of foreign students, Miller said, "These numbers are worrying. This is a system that is really out of control."
The Canadian minister said that a study is being conducted on how much the number of students will be reduced in the first and second quarters of the year.
MORE THAN 800 THOUSAND STUDENTS
According to official data, there are more than 800,000 foreign students in Canada. This figure was 275 thousand in 2012.
Easier work permits for students in Canada make the country an attractive study destination for students from all over the world.
The Liberals, led by Trudeau, have been in decline recently after more than 8 years in power. Recent polls show that the opposition Conservatives are leading the race.
Opinion polls also reveal that Canadians see immigration as the most important cause of the housing crisis and public service shortages.
Canada's population increased by 430 thousand people in the third quarter of 2023, the largest population increase since 1957.