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In addition, Quebec welcomes 54% of all asylum seekers in Canada, which makes Quebec Minister Christine Fréchette say that Ottawa must “take responsibility.”

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According to Statistics Canada, a record number of 174,200 temporary immigrants will be added to the population of Quebec in 2023. (Archive photo)

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A record number of 174,200 temporary immigrants were added to the population of Quebec in 2023, according to a report published Wednesday by the Institute of Statistics of Quebec

Based on data collected by Statistics Canada, the Institute of Statistics of Quebec states that 174,200 temporary immigrants joined the ranks of the province's population, which reached nearly 9 on January 1. million inhabitants.

The increase in Quebec's population is based almost exclusively on international migration, writes the Institute of Quebec statistics, and mainly on temporary immigration.

This increase of 174,200 non-permanent immigrants is more than three times higher than permanent immigration, which represented 52,800 people in 2023.

Au In total, Quebec had 560,000 temporary immigrants at the end of last year.

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Nationwide, Quebec hosts 19% of Canada's temporary foreign workers, 54% of asylum seekers and 12% of foreign students.

This proportion of asylum seekers who find themselves on Quebec soil did not fail to provoke a reaction from Quebec's Minister of Immigration, Christine Fréchette.

Clearly, the federal government must take its responsibilities and distribute asylum seekers throughout Canada, in other provinces.

A quote from Christine Fréchette, Minister of Immigration of Quebec

Minister Fréchette is scheduled to meet her federal counterpart, Marc Miller, on Wednesday afternoon.

Last January, Prime Minister François Legault argued that the fact that Quebec had welcomed 150,000 asylum seekers in 2022 had the effect of putting pressure on housing, on services in health, in education.

It poses a challenge for the future of French, he added, estimating that the number of applicants x27;asylum had to be reduced.

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In the country, Quebec welcomes 19% of temporary foreign workers, 54% of asylum seekers and 12% of foreign students, according to data collected in 2023. (Archive photo)

As for Canada, in 2023 the country recorded its highest population growth rate in some sixty years. According to Statistics Canada, the population grew 3.2% last year, its fastest rate since 1957.

This increase has increased the population to 40,769,890 inhabitants as of January 1, 2024.

This increase comes mainly from temporary immigration, without which the growth rate of the Canadian population would have been 1.2%.

Last Thursday, Federal Minister Marc Miller said he would like the proportion of temporary residents to drop from 6.2 to 5% of the country's population by 2027.

With information from The Canadian Press

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