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Job picture brightening for immigrants: Statscan

"Job picture brightening for immigrants: Statscan"
(October 13, Globe and Mail Update)



Job picture brightening for immigrants: Statscan

By TERRY WEBER

Thursday, October 13, 2005 Posted at 2:18 PM EDT

Globe and Mail Update

Immigrants arriving in Canada are having greater success finding a place in the Canadian work force, but most are still having trouble getting a job in their chosen field, Statistics Canada said Thursday.

In a new study, the federal information agency found that 80 per cent of immigrants of prime working age - those between the ages of 25 and 44 - had been able to find at least one job during their first two years in this country.

The report is the second prong of a Statscan study looking at how people arriving in Canada adjust to life here.

The latest findings suggest a marked improvement in how newcomers are faring in the Canadian work force, compared with the agency's first go round.

Statscan's first study, based on interviews with 12,000 immigrants between April 2001 and May 2002, found just 56 per cent of those aged 24 to 44 had been able to find at least some work within two years of arrival.

The most recent report was based on a second round of interviews with 9,300 of those people at the two-year mark after their arrival.

"Of the immigrants who found employment, many worked throughout their first two years in Canada," the government agency said.

"Over half - 58 per cent - worked for 18 months or more, and three-quarters worked for more than one year."

Statscan also said about one in five immigrants had not found any work during that two-year period. Three-quarters of those were women, many of them either spouses or dependents of immigrants.

The report also found, however, that only about 33 per cent of immigrants who did find a job in their first year had been able to secure one in their chosen field. Another 9 per cent did so in their second year.

Lack of experience in the Canadian work force was cited as one reason for the failure of newcomers to settle into their chosen fields. Another major factor, Statscan said, was difficulty in getting acceptance or recognition of the professional credentials or educational qualifications brought with them.

For immigrants between the ages of 25 and 44 who were admitted to Canada as skilled workers, the picture was somewhat brighter. About half of those people were able to find work in their selected field within two years. Statscan said.

Statscan also said the employment rate among immigrants of prime working age has moved closer to the national average.

At 26 weeks, 50 per cent of all immigrants aged 25 to 44 were employed, compared with the national average of 80 per cent. By the 104-week mark, however, the figure for immigrants in that category had risen to 63 per cent.

Immigrants admitted in the skilled worker category had an even better showing, Statscan said. At 26 weeks, the gap for that group compared with the national average was about 20 percentage points. By two years, it was down to eight percentage points.

Immigration Minister Joe Volpe, meanwhile, heralded the study as a major investment for the federal government and said its findings help Ottawa in its efforts to assist people who move to this country.

"It's clear that today's labour market is very different from that of the 1970s or 1980s," Mr. Volpe said. "Monitoring immigrants' experiences in the labour market ensures sustained economic and social integration of Canada's newcomers."
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