Quebec welcomed nearly 300,000 temporary residents in 2022

Quebec welcomed nearly 300,000 temporary residents in 2022

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Thanks to temporary residents, Quebec welcomed nearly six times more immigrants in 2022 compared to its initial target (50,000), according to what emerges from the latest demographic report published Thursday by the Institut de la statistique du Québec (ISQ).

In the second quarter of 2022, the increase in non-permanent residents (RNP) resumed its pre-pandemic rate, even reaching a record balance for a quarter (+25,800 people). This development brings the estimated number of RNPs to 290,000 people on July 1, 2022, indicates the ISQ.

Quebec welcomed 50,300 permanent immigrants in 2021, compared to 25,200 in 2020.

The targets of 44,500 to 47,500 admissions set out in the Quebec Immigration Plan for 2021 have been achieved, but the planned catch-up of 7,000 additional admissions aimed at making up for part of the deficit observed in 2020 (and which were to be added targets for 2021) has not been fully achieved.

The share of immigrants received in Quebec out of all those admitted to Canada was 12.4% in 2021. This is a decrease of (13.7%) compared to 2020 and a level comparable to that of 2019 (11.9%).

France (18.9%) ranks first for welcoming new arrivals in 2021, ahead of China (6.1%), Algeria (5.3%) and Haiti (5.0%).

Among the different categories, economic immigration forms the largest group. It includes 53% of immigrants in 2021. The “family reunification” category represented 28% of immigrants in 2021, and 15% for that of “refugees and people in a similar situation”.

Interprovincial migration

It is estimated that Quebec's interprovincial migration losses with the rest of Canada will be 2,200 people in 2021, which places them among the lowest on record. They were around 4,600 people in 2020, whereas it was around 14,000 people in 2010.

Provisional data for the first half of 2022 indicate that people entering Quebec from The other provinces would have been as numerous as the out-migrants from Quebec to the rest of Canada, which would result in a nil interprovincial balance, a situation rarely observed before.

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