Canada found to be “most welcoming” for expats



Canada has been found to be one of the most inviting countries when it comes to expatriate workers.

A survey by the German Marshall Fund, a United States think tank, has discovered that the general public in Canada are much more open to immigrants than those of many other countries, including the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.

In the US about 73 percent believed that their government was doing a poor job with regards to controlling immigration, followed by 70 percent in the UK. In Spain 61 percent shared that view as did 58 percent in France and 54 percent in the Netherlands. Canadians, however were divided, with 48 percent remaining positive but 43 percent feeling negative about the Canadian government’s handling of immigration. These outlooks also had political ramifications- in the United States 67 percent said that immigration policy had a big effect on their vote, with 63 percent in the UK 63 percent stating the same.

GMF President Craig Kennedy said: “‘The survey shows that North Americans and Europeans have strong opinions about immigration policy, what works, and what doesn’t. But the survey also shows that the more one is exposed to immigrants, the more one feels positively toward them.”