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Where are Canada’s international students arriving from?

Canada welcomed 67,000 new international students between January and April 2020 from 156 different countries.

Canada’s international student population has skyrocketed in recent years.

In 2019, Canada had over 640,000 international students which means its foreign student population has tripled over the past decade.

International students are attracted to Canada’s high quality of education, diversity, safety, affordability, work opportunities, and immigration pathways.

As such, Canada is now welcoming international students from around 175 countries each year.

An early look at Canada’s 2020 international student data shows that many students were still coming to the country up until coronavirus lockdowns were imposed around the world.

Top 15 international student countries in 2020

New data by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) shows that Canada welcomed 67,000 students from 156 countries between January and April 2020.

India remains the top source country with the other leading source countries remaining largely the same as in 2019.

So far in 2020, the top 15 source countries are:

  1. India
  2. China
  3. South Korea
  4. Vietnam
  5. Brazil
  6. Iran
  7. France
  8. Nigeria
  9. Colombia
  10. Japan
  11. Mexico
  12. Philippines
  13. Bangladesh
  14. Morocco
  15. United States