Since 2013, the number of Indians moving to Canada has tripled. An increase like this is usually experienced in a refugee circumstance. But the rapid increase in immigration of Indians to Canada is due to the steady rise in international students and employment-based newcomers.
Canadian Visa Expert reported a significant factor responsible for this high rate of Indians choosing to immigrate to Canada. A major contributor to this situation is the restrictive immigration policies in the United States, especially during the Trump administration.
Indian Immigration to Canada Over the Past 20 Years
The number of Indian immigrants to Canada between 2004 and 2012 was between 27,000 and 36,000. The number increased from 2013 to 2014 from 32,828 to 38,364. There was a steady rise in the number of Indian immigrants to Canada in 2015 and 2016, recorded as 39,340 and 39,710, respectively.
A record number of Indian immigrants to Canada were experienced in 2017, 2018 and 2019. The numbers recorded in those years were 51,590, 69,985 and 85,590. In 2020, the number fell to 42,870. According to Canadian Visa Expert, the drop was due to processing and travel disruptions brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The number of Indians gaining permanent residence in Canada increased to 127,940 in 2021. By 2022, the number had settled at 118,095. Greater numbers of Indians could immigrate to Canada between 2021 and 2022. This is because, at these times, the processing issues had eased. Also, the Canadian immigration authorities gave more importance to work experience in Canada (for example, by international students).
More Indians Are Moving to Canada Compared to the US
The restrictive immigration policies in the United States, especially during the Trump administration, have greatly benefited Canada. The situation plays a vital role in increasing the number of Indians choosing to immigrate to Canada.