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Immigrants as hope for growth

Les immigrants comme espoir de croissance

So we are at the very forefront of what we call growing old-age dependency ratios in Canada. Any of the last two or three years, we were actually recruiting more immigrants than we did throughout the entire 1980s,” he said.

Oct 17, 2017

A population expert says New Brunswick should strive to do better when it comes to retaining immigrants because they are the province’s only hope for growth. “For us, we have fairly high rates of outmigration and fairly low rates of fertility,” says Michael Haan, who is leaving his job as associate professor at UNB to take a post in Ontario. “So we are at the very forefront of what we call growing old age dependency ratios in Canada.” Since New Brunswick introduced its population growth secretariat in 2007, Haan says the province has improved its track record when it comes to recruiting newcomers. “Any of the last two or three years, we were actually recruiting more immigrants than we did throughout the entire 1980s,” he said.

Un expert en matière de population affirme que le Nouveau-Brunswick devrait s’efforcer de faire mieux lorsqu’il s’agit de retenir les immigrants, car c’est le seul espoir de croissance de la province. «Pour nous, nous avons des taux d’émigration assez élevés et des taux de fécondité relativement faibles», explique Michael Haan, qui quitte son poste de professeur agrégé à l’UNB pour occuper un poste en Ontario. “Nous sommes donc à l’avant-garde de ce que nous appelons les ratios de dépendance des personnes âgées au Canada.” Depuis que le Nouveau-Brunswick a mis sur pied son secrétariat de la croissance démographique en 2007,