More and more French-speaking African students accepted in Canada

AA / Yaoundé / Peter Kum

Study permit acceptance rates are increasingly high in Canada for students from French-speaking African countries, Canadian newspaper Radio Canada reported Monday (December 5th).

“Now more than 4 out of 10 applications from Francophone Africa are now approved” by Canadian immigration services, this newspaper found, adding that this is “an increase of 14 percentage points in just one year” .

Isabelle Dubois, spokesperson for Immigration Canada, confirmed to Radio Canada that “there has been an increase in the approval rates of French-speaking African students, from 27% in 2021 to 41% currently”.

This increase varies, however, depending on the country. It is more marked, for example, in Tunisia (from 59% to 71% between 2020 and 2022), Algeria (from 14% to 33%), Cameroon (from 11% to 30%) or Senegal (from 19% to 30%).

These improvements have recently been noted “after the strong denunciation of the high rates of refusal of study permits targeting French-speaking African students”, noted this newspaper.

“We see, on the ground, positive changes,” explained to Radio Canada, Christian Blanchette, rector of the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières (UQTR).

“It was essential to have adjustments within Immigration Canada. I hope these are (the warning signs) for a lasting solution and full equity. African candidates must be treated like the others,” added the rector of UQTR.

According to Radio Canada, UQTR is the French-speaking institution most affected by these massive rejections of applications from French-speaking Africa. Last year, 79% of applications from Africa were refused by Immigration Canada.

“But this fall, there has been a significant improvement,” said the rector of this institution.

However, there is stagnation for Côte d’Ivoire, Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A drop is even noted with Morocco, a country where requests for study permits to Quebec are numerous, indicated the service of immigration, refugees and citizenship of Canada.

These changes are explained by the fact that Ottawa has set up a working committee with the Quebec government on this subject and has already implemented certain measures.

To improve overall approval rates, Immigration Canada claims to have, for example, “organized training for its agents, in order to balance the negative perceptions [et] reduce unconscious biases.

Decisive evidence “easily verifiable was also requested in order to counter ghost consultants and fraudulent tendencies”, argued the Canadian government, which also said it had “intensified its promotional activities to make candidates more aware” of the Francophone Africa to Canada’s Migration Programs.

Quebec also indicated that it “needs these French-speaking African students to strengthen French” within its nation.

Immigration Canada (the Canadian immigration service) has acknowledged that “racism in Canada as well as within its own organization” has largely contributed to the refusal rates of study permits in Canada among students from African countries. French speakers.

To repair this wrong, “Quebec is considering creating a new, faster route to permanent residence for these graduates,” announced Radio Canada.

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