Study in Canada: Indian students feel like 'discarded cheap labour' – News9 LIVE

Canada has received more than 4.52 lakh study visa applications since January. (Representational image) (Photo credit: PTI)
Indian students have expressed their distress about part-time jobs in Canada, claiming that employers are taking advantage of them by utilising them as cheap labour for a few years, then firing them and leaving them to rely only on their savings. According to a Bloomberg report, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser proposed a new temporary measure to ease Canada’s chronic labour shortages amid a labour shortfall and high unemployment rate, which reduced to 5.2 per cent this September.
It all started last year when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau permitted 50,000 international students to stay in the nation for 18 months to look for employment after they graduate from their institutions while the economy was still struggling to recover from the Covid outbreak.
The government created this clause to allow Indian students to study in Canada permanently while also helping to fill critical job vacancies that needed to be filled immediately. Many permanent Indian residents are still jobless and in financial need as the 18-month period draws to a close. However, after a year some of these aspirants for permanent residence have been left without employment or stay in the nation.
“I’m sitting at home and living off of my savings and not knowing how long I’d have to do that. I regret choosing Canada as a country to immigrate to, study and live in. Canada should appreciate foreign students more, not just use them as a form of cheap labour,” “Daniel D’Souza, an accountant and former student at Seneca College near Toronto told Bloomberg.
Even if their applications are accepted, students face months without a job, money, or social or health benefits, Bloomberg reported. Students claim they are paying tuition fees and taxes but aren’t getting anything in return. They are not recognized as the people who helped in solving the acute labour shortage.
Canada has received more than 4.52 lakh study visa applications since January, a 23 per cent increase from the 3.67 lakh applications filed during the same period previous year. According to the government, these graduates were granted a longer time frame to fill vacancies that were urgently needed in the crucial industry to aid Canada in recovering from the pandemic’s losses and facilitating the reopening of the economy.
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser’s department in a statement acknowledged the cultural and social benefits foreign students bring to the table and said it is considering ways to help these students get settled in Canada on a permanent basis. Now, the Trudeau government, which is planning to welcome a record number of new immigrants over the next three years to offset an ageing workforce, is scheduled to announce updated targets soon in Toronto.
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