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Canadians are against Indian immigrants, residents of Prince Edward Island explain why

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The Canadian province of Prince Edward Islands (PEI) is suffering from the high number of immigrants and has therefore changed some rules. The rule change has an impact on international students. Hundreds of Indian students face deportation and protest against the change in immigration rules. Residents of Prince Edward Island, Canada's smallest province, explain why the rules were changed and why they do not want any more immigrants at this time.

Housing, healthcare and jobs problems were at the heart of immigration policy changes in the Prince Edward Islands (PEI) in Canada, which cut immigration permits by 25%.

The locals feel that their opportunities are being taken away from them by the immigrants living in their province.

Prince Edward Island's premier announced plans to reduce the number of international permanent resident migrants through the Provincial Nominee Program. The new policy focuses on health care, child care and construction rather than the service sector, food and retail.

Canada has always been open to immigrants, but now there is a backlash from Canadian citizens.

The anger is more directed against young people on student visas. The student visa is being abused to obtain permanent residency and citizenship in Canada more quickly.

They believe opportunities are slipping away. In a recent episode of Ratio'd with Harrison Faulkner, several Prince Edward Island locals told Faulkner the real reason they didn't want the Indian students there.

“One of the things people don't understand is that we are not against these people. Prince Edward Island is full. We are exhausted. I'm not saying we should never bring migrants back to Canada again,” one man told Faulkner, a journalist with Toronto-based broadcaster True North.

The events in the Prince Edward Islands are symptomatic of the problem facing most Canadian provinces.

Jobs go to immigrants, says Canadian citizen on Prince Edward Island

According to a report by Karlsack, Prince Edward Island (PEI) has seen a sharp increase in the number of international immigrants since 2006.

“We need to solve the problems here. All the jobs on the islands go to people who are not from here. If you don't have a family business, your children will be looking for jobs as high school students,” the man said.

People’s opinions are also supported by data.

“PEI offered 1,070 PNP places in 2018, which will double to 2,050 places by 2023 – so this new 25% reduction to 1,600 in 2024 is still 75% higher than in 2018,” the Karlstack report said.

The man continues: “Then there are people who want our governments to give them rights.”

Indian students are demanding an extension of their work permits, but locals disagree.

“If we went to their country, we wouldn't find work. I have three daughters and two of them can't find work. Because there's no work. We can't find work. They're all taken,” one woman told Faulkner.

She also said that she found it difficult to communicate with people of other ethnicities because they did not speak English fluently.

Although basic English skills are required and tested with the TOEFL test, immigrants in Canada have found various ways to cheat the system.

Population increases, housing market stagnates in Canada

This resentment against immigrants must be seen against the backdrop of population growth and housing shortages in 2023.

The vacancy rate for rental apartments rose by only 0.2% from 0.8% to 1.0%.

One man blamed Prince Edward Island for the high number of immigrants. “The rules were flexible, it was easy for them to stay there,” he told Harrison Faulkner.

There was also discussion about the fact that queues for health care on Prince Edward Island are getting longer because of immigrants.

In 2023, Prince Edward Island had the longest wait times for medical care in Canada, taking an average of 41.7 weeks to see a specialist after an appointment with a general practitioner.

Some people also recognized the importance of immigrant work in supporting the food industry and sales and retail, but others felt that these jobs should be left to the original residents of the Canadian province.

With healthcare, jobs and housing crises, the influx of immigrants remains a problem for the people of the Prince Edward Islands. It remains to be seen how Indian immigrants, especially those on student visas living and working in the Prince Edward Islands, will deal with the new policy and the resentment of the locals.

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India Today Webdesk

Published on:

May 25, 2024