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From India to Canada – Indians lead the way in global migration

Posted on January 19, 2016
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Humanity is globetrotting, as an enormous amount of people now live in a country other than the one they were born in, according to a new United Nations report.

Indians make up the largest diaspora population – 16 million Indians are scattered across the globe, raising families and pursuing careers in new homes.

For Dr. Anmol Kapoor, who moved in Canada in July, 2000, it was an easy decision – Canada is where he could do the most good.

“When I heard about Canada, and I heard about the public health system, I realized I could see patients and I don’t have to ask them for money,” he said. “I can treat them without influence by anyone and do the best for them.”

Kapoor got his doctorate in Canada, and saw opportunity in Calgary as the northeast part of the city, at the time, was lacking in medical specialists like him.

Public systems, such as infrastructure, were also not riddled with corruption like in India.

“India is a great place, it will always be home and you always have a special connection to home,” he said. “But there was something missing there. There was a lack of infrastructure, a lack of good research and lack of honest, charitable work.”

He said in India, things like getting electricity, water or medication for patients became a huge pressure. Diaspora from India see their home country as a place where it is hard to get things done.

Rishi Nagar, news director with RedFM, Calgary’s Punjabi radio station, said he is familiar with that struggle.

“There are so many issues,” he said about India. “It’s hard to find proper jobs there. There’s not enough to support the population.”

“Number one though, I wanted a better future for my kid, who was so tiny then. It was hard for us to make ends meet, so why not bring him to a country where he can be safer.”

Nagar first applied for a Canadian visa under the skilled workers category in 2002 – it took him seven years to finally land in Canada, and only in 2015 did he finally attain his citizenship. But the long struggle was worth it for him.

“I haven’t met anybody who feels like they’re not happy to be here. This is a great country,” he said. “Any citizen, from any nationality, when they come here, they bring their culture. It intermingles here, it’s a wonderful juxtaposition; it’s a wonderful symphony of different cultures.”

Although he had a journalism degree, Nagar worked as a security guard for many years until an opportunity at RedFM presented itself.

“Had we that many opportunities in India, I don’t think Indians would have left in that many numbers,” said Kapoor.

Both Nagar and Kapoor said Canada is a land where much more is attainable. To show their thanks for a country they have fallen in love with, they take pride in giving back to the community.

Kapoor annually organizes Dil Walk, to increase awareness of heart disease. DIl is Punjabi for heart.

According to the U.N., 244 million people now live in a country other than the one where they were born. After India, Mexico has the second largest diaspora, with 12 million people living abroad.

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