Monday, 5 November 2007

Immigration myth exposed: Many second generation immigrants struggle

From the Toronto Star.

Do 2nd generation immigrants thrive? Some do
Oct 30, 2007 04:30 AM
Nicholas Keung

The common belief that second-generation immigrants always fare better than those before and after them is only half true.

While second-generation women are more likely to be employed with higher earnings, a new Statistics Canada study found that their male counterparts do not share the same fortune from the generation's high educational attainment.

In fact, among young men born in Canada to two immigrant parents, visible minorities are doing "markedly" worse and earning less than same-age young men of native-born parents.

The study compared the earnings of second-generation Canadians to peers with Canadian-born parents from 1996 to 2004. It tracked their family characteristics, educational level and geographical distribution.

"Challenges associated with the integration of immigrants often extend beyond the first generation," wrote study author Boris Palameta.

This would not be the case if we did not import so many immigrants. I want to stress that mass immigration of the sort that Canada has adopted not only hurts native born Canadians but immigrants as well. Canada needs to reduce its immigration intake. At one time immigrants generally fared better than native born Canadians in part because Canada did not import so many immigrants. But that's not the case anymore. Productivity levels for immigrants have been dropping in relation to native born Canadians for the past twenty years. Many immigrants are driving cabs because there are no jobs for them here in their field. They were lied to.

Canada accepts too many immigrants. We need to reduce the numbers. This will benefit Canadian and immigrant alike. I know it is easier to say that immigrants are not faring as well because of racism and systemic discrimination but that would be dodging the core issue and allow the problem to fester. To solve any problem you need to get to its roots and one of those roots is mass immigration. Canada needs to reduce its immigration intake now.

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