I got some interesting responses to my post a couple of weeks ago on the expected migration of Icelanders to Manitoba over the next many months. At that point, there was buzz but little action. Now things are moving. Nancy Allan, Manitoba's Immigration Minister, spent most of this past week in Iceland hammering out a deal to lure work-hungry Icelanders in. See Mia Rabson's story in the Winnipeg Free Press (from last weekend) here. Iceland Review reports that a declaration of intent between Manitoba and Iceland was signed on Thursday, with the first public informational meeting about employment in Manitoba scheduled in Iceland on March 13.
Allan's visit has come under criticism from Aboriginal leader Dean Fontaine, who has advocated bringing more First Nations people into employment in the province; from other quarters, there have been complaints that Manitoba should be focused on recruiting workers from Canadian provinces hurt particularly badly by the recession.