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Canadian Migration During and After the Pandemic: How are Admission Patterns Changing and What Can We Expect in the Near Future?

An online talk by:
Dr. Dan Hiebert
Professor, UBC Geography

Friday, October 16, 2020
12:30 - 2:00 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time)

[ Abstract ]
I begin with a brief overview of the challenge represented by Covid to migration systems worldwide, which is captured in the idea that it is a triple crisis (health, economic, humanitarian). I then turn to Canada and begin by noting the very different policy choices made during previous economic crises, in the 1980s and 1990s. How do these inform our current situation? This will lead to a consideration of the choices made in 2020 in light of Covid, and an examination of recent data on temporary migration and permanent immigration to Canada. That is, what does Canadian im/migration look like in the context of (mostly) closed borders? I’ll end by offering some tentative comments on where I see things headed, though I stress the word tentative.