The editors of the globe: Dear Donald: thanks for the new immigration walls. Love, Canada | Instant News

Determining the image of the presidency of Donald trump in the US-Mexico border wall.

Chanting “build a wall” self-propelled campaign to the White house, and while very little has actually been built-in only three miles earlier unbarricaded Land again bricked – raise-the-drawbridge mentality remains a Central element of his administration’s philosophy.

Last week, with the stroke of a pen, Mr. trump built another immigration wall around America. His decision is bad news for US but good news for Canada.

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Referring to virus-butted internal labor market, Mr. trump dismissed the new work visas, including H-1B visa is often used by companies from Silicon valley to hire skilled workers from abroad. The move follows an April decision to suspend the issuance of new green cards for permanent residence, the ban was extended last week. These measures in combination can keep half a million people from the United States over the next six months, many with in-demand skills and higher education.

New bureaucratic Mr. trump wall was rejected by the industry, from the American chamber of Commerce chapters Apple, Google and Microsoft. Meanwhile, a canadian company looked earn. CEO of Shopify pitched applicants: “Canada is awesome.” (Finally, some truth in advertising.)

Pandemic, of course, slowed immigration to Canada, this country is not moving purposefully block of highly skilled workers. For trump administration, Canada added in the opposite direction.

One example of how Canada has adopted a very different approach is a program called the global stream of talent introduced in 2017. In the first two years, he brought 40 000 people in Canadamost of the jobs such as computer programming, and it allows companies to obtain solutions of visas for highly skilled workers in just two weeks – a critical momentum in the global competition for such people.

Making it easier for the most experienced and educated to choose Canada and then paving the path to permanent residence and citizenship – has long been the primary goal of our immigration system, and he must become more.

Although in Canada we can expect in the United States, in order to change course, if Mr. trump will lose the election in November, some defects in the immigration system of the United States are long-standing. Compared to canadian companies, it has long been more difficult for American firms to provide work visas for highly qualified foreign employees. Moreover, while Canada may promise a work visa for high-tech rental comes with a path to citizenship, this is less likely in the United States. And the American annual legal immigration of about one third from Canada.

All this is why Canada has a superior reputation compared to the US. This was not the situation in the early 2000-ies, when the United States and Silicon valley in particular – was unmatched global magnet for the most ambitious people.

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This magnetic attraction firmly felt in Canada. From 2000 to 2010, in one study, immigration and emigration, the inventors found that Canada suffered the net loss in the amount of about 15,000 people – the biggest brain drain from developed countries. USA are definitely a winner, with an increase of about 180,000 inventors. Borders, language and culture of the United States that brain drain is not only possible, but easy.

Things are changing in favor of Canada, including thanks to Mr. trump. If American firms can’t hire the best and bring them to the US, it will benefit their canadian competitors. It can also motivate some American companies to circumvent immigration restrictions, providing operations to Canada.

Canada already has a powerful pull on people from the rest of the world. And a global Gallup pollin the period from 2015 to 2017, shows that Canada is one of the most sought after destinations for potential immigrants. Among the highly educated, those with at least a bachelor’s degree, more and more people worldwide, if they could, to move to Canada than in the US.

The irony is that Mr. trump often says he hopes to transform the immigration system in the United States, to make it more like Canada, given the scoring system, which favors highly skilled workers. Instead, it moves in the opposite direction, and representing Canada with a great opportunity to boost our economy by attracting the best talent from around the world.

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