By Martin Collacott, National Post
Why are today’s highly qualified immigrants doing so poorly? The answer is obvious: We simply don’t need the services of many of the skilled people coming to Canada. The jobs they hoped to find here do not exist.
According to the latest data presented by Statistics Canada, during their first year here, newcomers are, on average, 3.5 times more likely than native-born Canadians to fall into the low-income category. While their situation improves somewhat after the first year in Canada, a disproportionate share (2.5 times the share for those born in Canada) remain in a “chronic” state of low income.
Canadians may find this hard to understand, given that all we hear about the “shortage” of skilled labour in Canada. Yet immigration is an effective means of dealing with labour shortages only in rare cases.
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