Richard Florida
by Richard Florida
Fri Apr 30th 2010 at 3:15pm UTC

Canada’s Smart Immigration Edge

The ability to attract talent is key to the prosperity of nations. And it is particularly important during Great Resets which are underpinned by major shifts in talent across cities, regions, and nations.

New data from the Gallup Organization suggests that U.S. edge in attracting highly skilled and educated immigrants is slipping, while Canada is gaining. The Gallup study is based on interviews with nearly 350,000 adults across 148 countries.

The U.S. remains the number 1 most sought after destination for potential immigrants (those who would like to move), with Canada in second place. The U.S. also ranks first in appealing to younger potential immigrants, those in ther 15-24 year old age range. But Canada tops the U.S. as the leading destination for more highly educated potential movers. The Gallup study concludes that:

‘The United States’ appeal to the least educated and Canada’s greater appeal to the most educated is consistent across all regions. This is most apparent among those in the European Union, East Asia, and Southeast Asia who would like to relocate to either of these nations.”

Is the U.S. losing its edge in the competiton for global talent? Can it gain it back?  Will Canada be able to turn this growing global interest in a true talent advantage. Are there any other nations which can dramatically improve their ability to compete in the ongoing Talent Reset?

9 Responses to “Canada’s Smart Immigration Edge”

  1. Mike L. Says:

    Yes, RF, younger vs. older immigrants. Younger immigrants are looking for opportunity (USA). Older immigrants are looking for environment and stability (Canada).

  2. Paul Says:

    The U.S. has a reputation for having bad public schools, corrupt and racist police forces, the largest prison population on earth, higher rates of crime and violence than any other developed nation, and, relative to other developed nations, very weak support for government funding of public goods. There is also the religious right. It isn’t difficult to see why more highly educated immigrants would prefer Canada, which is often seen by American themselves as a polite, peaceful, civic minded and more tolerant version of their own country, with good schools to boot. Of course, Canada doesn’t have the mystique of the American dream, which is probably why the less educated prefer the U.S. to Canada. Which is kind of sad, because poorly educated immigrants and their children would probably have a better go of it if they went north of the border just one more time.

  3. Paul Says:

    Thinking about it, maybe American citizens themselves would have a better go of it if they emigrated en masse to Canada. Although they would probably just bring their problems with them.

  4. Michael Wells Says:

    Does this match the places people actually move? What are the raw numbers by education instead of the percent stating a preference for each country?

    Canada’s population is around 1/10th the size of the US, slightly smaller than California. A million spread out immigrants would hardly be noticed in the US, but would have a huge impact in Canada which is not only smaller in population but most of it is clustered within 100 miles of the US border.

    They may be an anomaly, but my son-in-law’s educated Indian parents went to Canada which was easier to immigrate to as a way station to getting into the US.

  5. Michael Wells Says:

    So going to the Gallup page, 24% of the total said the US and 7% said Canada. Applying that to the 700 million who say they’d like to move, 165 million would like to come to US & 45 million to Canada. Since nowhere near that number are coming either place, where do the actual immigrants go to?

    What’s also interesting to me is the other countries on the map. Lots of Europe, which along with the US & Canada are comfortable, developed and affluent places so they make sense. But what about Russia, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and Japan? Each must have some specific group interested in being there — Observant Muslims for Saudi? Other Sub-Saharan Africans for S. Africa? Who for Russia which is more or less collapsing, or Japan which notoriously doesn’t like immigrants?

  6. Chip Says:

    To Paul:
    The USA doesn’t just have “corrupt police forces”, but extremely, extremely corrupt police forces!!! I live in Central New Jersey, here the saying is ‘The police are the Mafia’!!!

  7. Debby Horse Says:

    Fake migration advisors be warned, the Canadian visa government bodies have publicised they’re clamping down. Press now is they have stated that they’ll pursue as well as punish to the entire extent of the law those that mistreat consumers within this sector : along with jail sentences at least. Just how rife are these claims principle of frauding individuals? I have in no way found it.

  8. Concerned about failing canada Says:

    Mike L. you must have a government job so your opinion counts for nothing…

    What stability in Canada? Government maybe, but many jobs require 10 years citizen ship and billingual in French and English (not Engrish). And I’ll be dammed if they give an immigrant a government job before a citizen.

    The private sector here is more volatile than an mixture of vinegar and baking soda. Labour is too expensize and taxes too high to be able to manufacture anything… and I mean anything that’s why we have a declining private sector. The only good jobs are doctors, optometrist, teachers and government paper pushers because they are backed by some of the most powerful unions.

    House prices are increasing at the pace of an olympic 100m gold medalist.

    Homes are approaching 600,000$ on average in less costly cities. Don’t get me started on Toronto (8th most expensive city and Montreal, the 9th most expensive city in the world in 2010).
    Everything is pricier here! It’s over 11$ for sub-way here, for example. A hamburger combo at a cheap place comes close to 10$. A nicer lunch in a city will cost you half your days pay.

    Jobs here suck. We are service oriented because of our socialist government that is out-growing the other industries 10-1 thanks to socialist views that keep re-electing egotistical and useless members of parliament that vote themselves raises every year.

    We need a Tea Party in Canada!! To counter the our monstruous government that is crippling private industry.

    Our government hates private sector so much that when companies were going bankrupt it bought out all the real-estate in the city for a fraction of the price just so it could grow itself larger. People that lost out due to the bankruptcies have no retirement and no medical coverage and the government did nothing despite protests.

    Meanwhile, crime is on the rise and we don’t do anything about it. Unprecendented numbers of homocides are occuring despite the fact that police make over 110,000$ each.

    Private sector salaries are meanial in comparison. You will be forced to work 14 hours a day and commute 5 hours a day until you break down. Sound like a 3rd world country?

  9. » StartupVisa – The Canadian Edition | StartupNorth Says:

    Canada is a great country. One of the defining characteristics are the forward looking immigration policies that appeal to educated potential immigrants.