With 900,000 international students expected this year, Canada places “integrity of system” under the microscope


In an interview, Government of Canada immigration minister Marc Miller stated that the country is set to increase its international student population to 900,000 this academic year. Miller reflected on the pressure international student growth has had on areas like housing, but asserted that the housing crunch cannot be pinned “on any particular segment of the population[:] It would not only be intellectually lazy but also false.” Given the fiscal impact of the international student population, Miller emphasized the importance of ensuring the “integrity of the system. “[There is] some fraud, some people taking advantage of what is seen to be a back door entry into Canada,” said Miller, later adding: “What we don’t want to see is hopes dashed based on a false promise.”

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