Nova Scotia's immigration strategies: Tapping into the potential of international students
LE3 .A278 2015
Bachelor of Arts
The socio-demographics of Nova Scotia, Canada provide an unfavourable outlook for the economic future of the province. Nova Scotia is faced with low birth rates, a large aging population and a high rate of youth out-migration, factors that are predicted to give rise to labour shortages and to destabilize the economy. The negative economic predictions regarding the future of the province would significantly damage the prosperity and quality of life of Nova Scotians. International students who reside in Nova Scotia to pursue their studies have the potentialto offer the province an ideal opportunity to revitalize communities across the province. However, this thesis argues that there are persistent barriers that impede the recruitment, attraction and retention of immigrants in Nova Scotia. Unwelcoming and exclusive attitudes towards immigrants and a lack of supports and services provided to newcomers are argued to be among the main factors contributing to low attraction and retention of immigrants in Nova Scotia. Focusing on the retention of international graduates, this thesis employs a case study of the international student population at Acadia University, concluding that in order to increase immigration in Nova Scotia, partnerships must be forged between the Government of Nova Scotia, the Federal Government, post-secondary institutions in the province, local communities and the private sector, with the common goal of increasing immigrant attraction and retention in the province.
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