Immigration not a ‘permanent phenomenon’

40 per cent of professional and skilled immigrants leave Canada within 10 years
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/29/2006

While Canada does a good job attracting skilled and educated immigrants from around the world, government and businesses need to do a better job of keeping them once they get here, says a professor of economics at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont.

“We spend a fair amount of time and discussion on attracting immigrants, but we don’t spend that much time on talking about retaining them. It’s almost as if there’s the notion that if they can get here, it’s such a great place, they’ll stay,” said Chris Robinson.

Immigration isn’t a permanent phenomenon and Canada needs to approach it as a firm would approach retaining an employee, he said. “We don’t want to take it as a given that just because somebody’s come here that they’re going to stay.”