Canada’s universal healthcare system makes it an attractive place to live, but it’s not perfect. Waitlists can be long and the system costs more each year. Can it cope with tens of thousands of new immigrants? Statistics Canada says the longer immigrants live in Canada, the higher their mortality rate. The CBC’s Vik Adhopia explains the ‘Healthy Immigrant Effect.’

OECD Better Life Index – Canada’s Life Expectancy:

This OECD country still has the best quality of life:

Stats Canada – The healthy immigrant effect and mortality rates:

The Immigrant and Refugee Protection Act:

Karen Talosig heartbroken over 4-year wait to bring deaf daughter to Canada:

York University prof denied permanent residency over son’s Down syndrome:

Council of Canadians with Disabilities – Immigration and Disability: Stephen Hawking Could Never Become a Canadian:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services – General classes of aliens ineligible to receive visas and ineligible for admission, waivers of inadmissibility:

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights – Migrants with disabilities:

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