Youth Mobility Program for Canadian and Mexican college students and graduates starts November 1st.

27 10 2010

Starting this November, Mexico and Canada will start receiving applications from youths in both countries, interested in taking part in the Youth Mobility Program. The program’s aim is to stimulate personal and professional development between the two countries.

Canada and Mexico signed a memorandum of understanding to the effect last May 27, 2010. Ministries of Foreign Affairs for each country will coordinate the effort and follow-up on the development of the program. Mexican and Canadian college students and graduates between the ages of 18 and 29 who wish to obtain a work permit in Mexico or in Canada for up to 12 months may apply starting next month.


The move makes sense for both countries: Canada and Mexico are two of three members of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) (the United States is also a NAFTA member). Canada and Mexico are major trade partners (the U.S. is also a major trade partner of both countries). Approximately 75,000 Canadians live in Mexico (allegedly more than 500,000 Americans live in Mexico as well). Mexico and Canada will undoubtedly benefit from the exchange of talents (the U.S. would also benefit if it decides to start a similar program). Canada is a country of immigrants (the U.S. also).

If this works for Canada and Mexico, what should stop the United States from trying it?