Of particular note, the growth in the Provincial Nominee Program has had a significant impact in the number and profile of foreign students who transition to permanent resident status in Atlantic Canada. [...] The focus of research projects in the first year was to provide a demographic and socioeconomic profile of immigrants in Atlantic Canada in order to better understand the dynamic of population movements as they affect the Atlantic region and identify regional needs and strategies to attract and retain immigrants. [...] Generally, over the past ten years, within the various temporary statuses, the transition to permanent resident is greatest from foreign workers (and humanitarian) and in this regard, the Atlantic provinces with flows of foreign workers ranging from 25% to 47% of transitions to permanent resident status (depending on the year) are consistent with the trend in the rest of Canada. [...] In any one year in Atlantic Canada, the number of foreign students transitioning to permanent resident status as a proportion of total number of foreign students studying in Atlantic Canada is 11 December 1st is the date selected by CIC for its annual calculation of the stock of foreign students in Canada. [...] Table 5 presents the overall flow of foreign students who studied in Atlantic Canada but intended to become permanent residents outside Atlantic Canada and those who studied in provinces other than Atlantic Canada and intended to move to Atlantic Canada at the time of transition for the years 1999 to 2009.
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