Ukraine rose in the rankings of the most important sources of new Canadian permanent residents in the first 11 months of 2020 despite COVID-19 global pandemic restricted travel.

In 2019, the Ukraine was in the 23rd spot on that list, providing 2,995 new permanent residents to Canada.

But during the first 11 months of 2020, Ukraine's relative importance as a source of new permanent residents nudged upwards as immigration from Somalia, which had been ahead of it in the rankings the previous year, was particularly hard hit last year by the pandemic.

With the month of December figures still not in, the number of Somalis who became new permanent residents in Canada dropped by 72.3 per cent last year, falling to 905 from the 3,275 who had made the move the previous year.

With that, Ukraine rose to become the 22nd most important source of new permanent residents to Canada in 2020 even as the number of Ukrainians becoming new permanent residents fell compared to the previous year due to the pandemic.

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