Over half of these newcomers came to Canada under the economic class of immigration
, with significantly better education credentials than in 2000. With increasing numbers of highly educated skilled workers arriving from the U.S., the Canadian 'brain drain' phenomenon is shrinking. In fact, there was a sharp decrease in the number of Canadians heading to the United States between 2006 (23,913) and the previous year (29,930).
Such high rates of immigration to Canada from the U.S. have not happened since the 1970's when the United States was suffering from political turmoil. Though the recent data does not offer any particular reasons for Canada's renewed popularity among Americans, the director of the study suggested "the economic downturn in the United States as a top possibility, followed by social and political considerations."
The number of Americans admitted to Canada in 2006 is the highest it has been in thirty years. At 10,942, immigration to Canada from the U.S. has nearly doubled since 2000. A recent poll stated that 92 per cent of Americans have a favorable view of Canada, ranking it at the top of a list of 25 countries.