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Immigration: Ottawa will make an announcement Monday morning

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Federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Marc Miller

Radio- Canada

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Canadian Immigration Minister Marc Miller will make an announcement Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. which will affect international students.

According to our information, Ottawa wants to reduce the number of foreign students in three provinces in particular: Ontario, British Columbia and New Scotland.

For a week, the Minister of Immigration has been floating the idea of ​​imposing a cap on the number of foreign students accepted into the country as temporary residents, to reduce pressure on housing demand.

Ottawa believes it has an obligation to act, after discussions with the provinces concerned in December, which led nowhere.

Some provinces would refuse to tighten the screws on educational establishments which welcome too many students compared to the capacity of the housing stock in the region where they are located, but also on bogus establishments which abuse the system of ;immigration seeking profits.

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The fact is that, both for education that for the provinces which host them, these students are a significant source of income, since they pay tuition fees five times higher than permanent residents or Canadian citizens.

In Montreal on Sunday, as ministers arrived for a cabinet retreat until Tuesday, Mr. Trudeau's lieutenant for Quebec, Pablo Rodriguez, declared that the government must x27;focus on the pressures exerted by foreign students and temporary workers.

Pablo Rodriguez was also called to react to the recent letter from Prime Minister of Quebec to his federal counterpart, expressly asking him to curb the influx of asylum seekers.

I found Mr. Legault's letter, we found it very constructive, also very useful. Now, it's up to us to find solutions together, declared Mr. Rodriguez.

In his missive, Prime Minister Legault states that the number of asylum seekers arriving in Quebec is excessive and that the situation has become unsustainable so much so that the province is on the verge of reaching its breaking point.

Friday, data published by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada confirmed that Quebec received 65,570 asylum applications in 2023, or 45 .5% of all those received in the country, while the demographic weight of the province is 22.1%.

With the information by Louis Blouin and The Canadian Press

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