A complete immigration report published by the government of Nova Scotia does disclose the fact t that 2015 was a breakthrough year for the province in the last decade of the province immigration policy in attracting new immigrants, and it looks like 2016 will see even more positive news.
In 2015, 3,403 people settled in Nova Scotia as permanent residents — the highest level for more than 10 years. Remarkably, this figure has already been covered for just for the first half of 2016, with 3,418 newcomers who made the province their home by the end of June. More than 1,000 of those newcomers are Syrian refugees who began arriving in December, 2015.
Since early 2015, the government of Nova Scotia has been proactive with its immigration programs.
In 2015, not only was Nova Scotia the first province to launch a PNP stream aligned with the federal Express entry but also, was the first province to launch more than one such stream. Moreover, Nova Scotia successfully lobbied the federal government to increase its overall PNP allocation not once, but twice during 2016, in doing so bringing the total NSNP allocation from 700 to 1,350.
A warm Nova Scotia welcome
Nova Scotia's Minister of Immigration, Lena Diab, said a more welcoming attitude is the driving force behind attracting individuals and families to the province.
"They are welcoming people like they never welcomed them before," said Diab.
"The support that we have received across this land and across this province from one region to the next has been overwhelming. I don't believe anybody would have expected that kind of support. People are embracing diversity; people are loving the fact that we're all different."
Diab expects that change in attitude will convince more immigrant families to remain in the province, which has reported an immigrant retention rate of 74 percent for newcomers who arrived between 2008 and 2013. A decade ago, fewer than one-third of newcomers remained in the province.
The Nova Scotia Nominee Program
Presently, the NSNP has five streams, presenting immigration options for skilled workers, international graduates, and entrepreneurs as follow:
Welcoming newcomers from around the world
Nova Scotia’s immigration report highlights that the province welcomes immigrants from every corner of the globe. Between 2011 and 2015, the Philippines was the top source country, followed by the United Kingdom, India, China, and Israel. Rounding out the top 10 source countries were the US, Egypt, Iran, Bhutan, and Germany.
Newcomers to Nova Scotia in 2015 not only came from around the world, they also came from all walks of life. The table below reveals the most popular occupations among new immigrants to Nova Scotia.
International students and foreign workers
In addition to welcoming record numbers of permanent residents, Nova Scotia has also seen a steady increase in the number of international students and foreign workers it welcomes on a temporary basis. A total of 10,602 international students were in Nov
Considering its size and population, Nova Scotia is a hugely popular destination for international students, who have outnumbered foreign workers in the province over recent years. There are many Popular universities that attract international students in Nova scotia.