While the world is busy in building walls and concrete parapets to keep the immigrants at bay and out of reach, Canada brazenly announces to welcome I million permanent residents over the next three years, just one percent of the total population yearly.
This is in addition to the 286,000 permanent residents in 2017 and could reach 350,ooo this year.
The Canadian Parliament has confirmed its plans to
add 360,000 in 2020.
And 370,000 in 2021.
Ahmed Hussen ,Canada’s minister of Immigration ,Refugees and Citizenship(IRCC) said
“Thanks in great part to the newcomers we have welcomed throughout our history, Canada has developed into the strong and vibrant country we all enjoy,”
Hussen, himself an immigrant from Somalia, clarified that the influx will help Canada to offset ageing population and reducing birth rate while growing its labour force
Canada’s friendly stance towards new residents comes in contrast to other Western nations, including the United States, adopting more restrictive immigration policies to bar the immigrants coming and settling permanently.
Canada is dedicated to offering protection to refugees. IRCC has pledged $5.6 million to support global resettlement initiatives.
The recent revision to the immigration law in Japan opens a gateway for as many as 345,000 migrant workers to enter Japan in the next five years.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, however, has vehementally clarified amply that this new visa system does not constitute an immigration policy.
“This system is needed for talented foreign personnel to play bigger roles in Japan amid the nationwide labor shortage,” Abe said in justifying the revision at a Dec. 10 2018 news conference.
“We will clearly present a cap for the numbers and time frame for acceptance. This is not an immigration policy.”
He said further to the question of a reporter. Of Japan Times.
Experts ,however, differ with the Abe administration and admit that this new visa system epitomizes the contradictory realities surrounding it. They rather say that Japan has already brought hundreds of thousands of immigrants and the number will go on rising.
Akihiro Koido, a sociology professor who studies immigration policies at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, said “the law is an immigration policy regardless of Abe’s staunch denial.”
So get ready and pack up your bags off to Toronto or Tokyo.
Following Trump’s announcement last month to pull out American troops from the war ravaged Syria in about 30 days,
the American military has begun to withdraw some equipment, but not yet troops, from Syria to wind down the troops from the battle ground against the Islamic state.
There are about 2,000 troops — mostly Army soldiers and Marines in Syria currently.
Mr Trump has made no secrets of his desire to bring troops back home stating the mission of fighting the Islamic state has been accomplished.
The United States had intervened in Syria to work with local, Kurdish-led militias to fight the Islamic State, which had occupied the border between Syria and Iraq.
Before Mr. Trump’s decision to withdraw the troops, American air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria were accelerated . According to American Air Force data released , American bombers conducted 1,424 strikes in November, a more than 60 percent increase from the month before.
Additionally, American Force reported that 221 civilians killed by the American-led air campaign in November — an increase in casualties similar to the number of civilians killed in the bloody culmination of the battle of the northern Syria city of Raqqa in October 2017.
Syria is now a balkanized version after pushing itself in a calamitous civil war since eight years .
Tehran is also celebrating the exit of American troops, as it may give Iran “solid control over the entire arc of the Levant from Baghdad to Beirut,” said Nicholas Heras, Middle East expert .in an interview with NBC NEWS.
Let us pray wisdom finally dawns on the world leaders of America and Russia to bring peace and tranquility to the people at large.