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Immigration Programs: Canada and Immigration

immigration programs: It was commissioned, with a price tag of 245,000, by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada as part of ongoing research to gain a better understanding of the attitudes of Canadians toward immigrants and the federal government's immigration programs, according to CTV. Most participants said they believe immigration has a positive effect on Canada, on the country's economic prospects and on shaping Canada's cultural mosaic, the study found. The study, conducted in March by the polling firm Ipsos, solicited the opinions of newcomers, established immigrants living in Canada and the general public through a series of focus groups, as well as surveys conducted via telephone and online. Some respondents, however, expressed doubt about the fairness of the system, considering the influx of people who have been entering Canada at unofficial border crossings since 2017 in order to apply for asylum. Few had heard of the Safe Third Country Agreement -- a treaty between Canada and the U.S. that blocks visitors from seeking refugee protection at an official port of entry. A perception exists that so-called irregular migrants are exploiting the system to get express entry into Canada and that security procedures are being compromised as a result, the survey found. ( As reported in the news.