January 4, 2018 – A record demand for its provincial immigration nominee program resulted in Nova Scotia granting permanent residence to 4000 new immigrants in 2017.
Provincial Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab declared 2017 to be a very successful year for Nova Scotia immigration and affirmed the government’s commitment to integrate immigrants and ensure their effective contribution to the province’s economy.
Facing the twin problem of an aging population and very low immigrant population, the province’s Office of Immigration has aggressively pursued efforts to attract more immigrants, including focusing on francophone immigrants and collaborating with the Nova Scotia Health Authority to encourage international physicians to reside and work in the province.
Attitudes towards immigration too are changing in the province with a 2017 survey showing that 85% of its residents now view immigration as a positive development as opposed to 36% in 2016. Nova Scotians now view immigration as essential to the development of the province and associate the entry of immigrants with the province becoming a more interesting place to live.
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