More Filipinos are choosing Canada instead of the US for immigration

More Filipinos are choosing Canada
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New studies suggest that the number of people (including Filipinos) choosing to immigrate to Canada has increased by more than 26% from 2015 to 2019. It looks like this number is going to increase even further as Canada looks to offset the negative effects of an ageing population. More Filipinos are choosing Canada over the US because, quite frankly, it’s a lot easier to apply.

Meanwhile, immigration to the United States has fallen sharply by more than 7% between 2016 to 2018. Immigration experts predict that this will decline even further due to changes made in American immigration policies.


The Government of Canada is pushing through with plans to increase the number of Permanent Residents it accepts every year.

This push for more new immigrants to Canada will add much needed skilled workers to address persistent labour shortages.

By 2021, Canada is expected to welcome an additional 78,165 new immigrants to the country. That will bring the total to more than 350,000 every year.

Back in 2015, Canada only welcomed 271,835 immigrants to Canada.


Canada accepted 27,815 Permanent Residents from the Philippines in 2019.

The following are the top 10 source countries for new immigrants to Canada:

10. Iran 6,055
9. South Korea 6,110
8. Eritrea 7,025
7. Syria 10,120
6. Pakistan 10,790
5. USA 10,800
4. Nigeria 12,595
3. Philippines 27,815
2. China 30,260
1. India 85,585

While the Philippines isn’t too far behind China, there are more than 3x the number of new immigrants from India.

Part of the reason for this is because young IT workers from India are choosing Canada over the US due to changes made by the Trump administration, making it more difficult to apply for H1-B visas.


Relative to the percentage of their populations, Canada accepts more than three times more new immigrants as the United States.

Even as the latest US Census report emphasizes the importance of accepting new immigrants to the United States, immigration policies being established by the US Government seek to reduce legal immigration by more than 50%.

While the number of new immigrants fell by 7% in the United States from the period of 2016 to 2018, Canada is looking to go the opposite direction, increasing the number of new immigrants they will accept on a yearly basis.

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