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Economic problems come with high levels of immigration Canada accepts more immigrants in proportion to its population than any other nation Welcoming new arrivals is complicated and expensive In 1992-93 almost 900 million will be spent on processing applications enforcement language training programs etc Large cities where immigrants tend to settle face strains on social services while smaller communities cant attract the skilled immigrants they need In 1988 161 929 immigrants entered Canada and an estimated 484 were infected with the HIV virus A total 185 million was spent on treating the resulting HIV-related illness Also there was 2 558 with heart disease and this cost 216 million to treat Less obvious are the additional burdens refugees place on health education and social welfare systems For example many refugee children have been physically or mentally traumatized by their experiences speak neither English nor French and have never attended school For some perhaps as many as a third adjust to the Canadian education system is impossible As a result these children will never learn the skills needed to function above a marginal level in Canadian society and may be permanently dependent on social welfare On the other hand many well-educated immigrants arrive to find their qualifications are not accepted in Canada They are forced to take jobs beneath their abilities The main qualification immigrants dont have is the ability to speak English or French Although some provinces such as British Columbia and Manitoba contribute some money the multimillion dollar cost of teaching English as a second language falls largely on local school boards The federal government is putting an additional 200 million into a program to increase the number of adult immigrants getting language instructions Ottawa already spends 100 million a year on adult language training aimed at helping newcomers function in the workplace Overall immigrants cost Canadians lots of money and therefore there should not be high levels of immigration Immigrants can
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