Thursday, November 03, 2011
In 2012, nearly a third (31%) of all new arrivals to Quebec will come from Africa, a quarter from the Americas, another quarter from Asia, and the rest from a European country. Quebec will continue to welcome a large number of immigrants, more than 50,000 per year. A third of these will not know a single word of French when first setting foot in Montreal. The Minister of Immigration Kathleen Wail said that the process of francization of immigrants is going well and that Quebec would bring in between 51,200 and 53,800 new immigrants in 2012 to meet its manpower needs. This is expected to also be the case in 2013 and 2014. The Charest government continues this way to pursue a policy of stability in immigration, both from the number of people to bring in as well as their knowledge of French and the diversity of origin. From this, it is expected that 18,900 of immigrants next year will begin not knowing French. The plan for immigration contains a few adjustments from previous years. Immigrants that know French will move from 62% to 64%, and economic immigrants from 65% to 70%. The PQ does not have an issue with the number of immigrants. "What we criticize on the other hand is the lack of places for francization courses, and the lack of measures to verify that one has done a good job in francisizing the new arrivals", said Yves-François Blanchet.