Terrorism, dour economies put migration in spotlight

Terrorism, dour economies put migration in spotlight

TOKYO - Migration is becoming a major issue in many Western countries.

Backlashes against migrants are growing amid concerns over domestic terrorism and unemployment.

To ease the friction, governments need to create enough jobs for all. This is easier said than done.

Focus on employability

Canada's door to international migration remains wide open. The country accepts roughly 250,000 migrants every year from China, the Philippines and other countries.

In 1967, Canada introduced a merit-based migration system that screened applicants' eligibility based on language ability, job skills and other criteria. This pioneering system, which does not consider race and nationality, has since been adopted by Australia, Singapore and others.

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