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Immigrants still love Canada, four years on

"Immigrants still love Canada, four years on"
Globe and Mail
April 30, 2007

良いニュースかな?
引用元のStatsCan発表は"これ"

同じStatsCan発表についての別の記事:
"Finding a job a challenge for immigrants, study reveals"
Global National
30 Apr 2007



Immigrants still love Canada, four years on

TENILLE BONOGUORE
Globe and Mail Update
April 30, 2007 at 1:40 PM EDT

TORONTO — Most new immigrants are happy to be living in Canada and give life here the thumbs-up, but they are not nearly as fond of the labour market, a Statistics Canada study suggests.

The study following immigrants for four years after their arrival in Canada found most new immigrants were very positive about their adopted country and praised it for freedom, rights, safety and security.

Yet many said they were hampered by language barriers, lack of recognition for their overseas credentials and a lack of Canadian experience when trying to find a job.

The impact of those challenges appears to lessen over time.

While immigrants faced “unique” challenges when accessing housing and health care shortly after arrival, the report says that after four years these challenges were similar to those experienced by Canadians in general.

Similar results were found when looking at employment rates, which went from 51 per cent for immigrants aged 25 to 44 within six months of arrival to 75 per cent employment four years later – much closer to the national employment rate of 81.8 per cent.

But that isn't fast enough nor good enough, according to the New Democrats deputy critic for immigration, Olivia Chow.

“They [immigrants] may be working, but they may not be working in the job they're trained for,” Ms. Chow said.

“We have more and more immigrants and a declining birth rate. We are totally short of skilled labour and we rely on immigrants to fill that gap. The faster they can adapt, the better it is for Canada as a country.”

Ms. Chow said the difficulties faced by immigrants and the lagging effect on employment could be alleviated if the government fulfilled its election campaign promise to create an agency dealing with foreign credentials.

When asked what the biggest difficulty was, 46 per cent said finding a decent job, while 26 per cent cited learning English or French.

And for 16 per cent of respondents, getting used to the weather was a challenge in itself.

The most important reasons immigrants to settle in Canada were quality of life, to be close to family and friends, future prospects for their family and Canada's peaceful nature.

Given the chance to do it again, most immigrants say they would still choose to live in Canada and the majority have begun the citizenship process.

“About two-thirds of them feel that their expectations of life in Canada have been exceeded, met or improved upon,” the report says. New immigrants who had not made material gains have much less positive views about Canada.

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Finding a job a challenge for immigrants, study reveals
Meagan Fitzpatrick, CanWest News Service

OTTAWA — Canada lives up to the expectations of most immigrants, a new study reveals, but finding a job remains the biggest challenge for new residents.

Two reports released by Statistics Canada on Monday examine immigrants’ assessments of life in Canada and the difficulties they face here.
Daniil Filipovich, 2, looks at his dad's Canadian citizenship. New immigrants are finding life in Canada meets expectations but finding employment is a challenge.
Daniil Filipovich, 2, looks at his dad's Canadian citizenship. New immigrants are finding life in Canada meets expectations but finding employment is a challenge.

Four years after arriving in Canada, the majority of new immigrants — 84 per cent — were positive about their decision to come here.

The study, using data from 2005, asked whether life in Canada is better than expected, about what they had expected or worse than they had expected.

About two-thirds said that life in Canada has lived up to their expectations.

When asked what the single-most important reason for settling permanently in Canada was, quality of life was No. 1. Thirty-two per cent cited it as the most important factor, followed by the desire to be close to family and friends (20 per cent), the future prospects for their family in Canada (18 per cent) and the peaceful nature of the country (nine per cent).

While most immigrants are happy they came, it’s not all smooth sailing once they get here, the survey showed.

New immigrants were asked what had been their biggest difficulties since arriving in Canada and finding an adequate job was the biggest challenge for 46 per cent, followed by learning English or French (26 per cent).

The majority of job seekers reported that they experienced a problem, often more than one, when searching for employment.

“New immigrants often experienced multiple problems when looking for work. For example, almost two-thirds of job seekers who reported a language problem also reported that lack of work experience was a difficulty,” Statistics Canada said.

In addition to language barriers and lack of experience, foreign credential recognition is a big problem and a lack of contacts in the job market was another difficulty faced by immigrant job-seekers.

But the percentage of employed immigrants did grow substantially over time, the data showed. For example, the employment rate of immigrants aged 25 to 44, the prime working-age group, went from 51 per cent six months after arrival to 65 per cent two years after arrival. Four years after arrival, it had reached 75 per cent.

The ability to speak English or French is considered a huge asset in looking for a job, Statistics Canada said.

“More specifically, immigrant's whose self-reported level of spoken English was good or very good were more likely to have a high-skill job, a job in the intended field, a job similar to the one held before immigrating and a job related to training or education,” the report said. “They also had higher wages, compared to immigrants whose spoken English level was not as good. This was true six months, two years and four years after immigrants' arrival in Canada.”

It’s a different story in Quebec however, where the level of French spoken by immigrants was not found to be related to their chances of having an “appropriate” job.

The survey covered about 7,700 immigrants who were interviewed for a third time since arriving in Canada four years earlier.


©CanWest News Service 2007
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