Study suggests European bias
European immigrants most easily employed
Feb 14, 2008 04:30 AM
Recent immigrants from Europe have an edge over most newcomer groups in obtaining employment and their lead persists over time, a new Statistics Canada study has found.
The report, released yesterday, found that only 8.4 per cent of newcomers from Europe who arrived here between 2001 and 2005 were unemployed in 2006, a rate that more than doubled to 20.8 per cent for those arriving from African countries during the same period.
European newcomers also fared better than those from Latin America, whose unemployment rate was 10.5 per cent, and from Asia, at 11.1 per cent.
European immigrants in Canada 10 years or more had a 4 per cent unemployment rate, outperforming peers from Asia (5.5 per cent), Latin America (6.1 per cent) and Africa (7.6 per cent).
While European immigrants are most adaptable in the Canadian job market, those born in Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, had the strongest labour market performance of all immigrants to Canada in 2006, regardless of when they landed in the country.
Filipino immigrants had an unemployment rate of 5.4 per cent within their first five years in Canada, which dropped to 2.4 per cent after 10 years.
This is understandable when you realize that many of them are imported to work as nannies. Not exactly the kind of skilled immigrants Canada is supposed to be attracting. It has nothing to do with "their colonial history giving them a stronger language and education background and making them more accustomed to Western culture." The same thing can be said of South Asian immigration. But that aside the fact that Filipinos had the lowest unemployment rate should lay waste to the assumption that there is a "European bias" as the headline suggests.
By comparison, 12 per cent and 9.6 per cent of newcomers from China and India were unemployed, respectively, within five years, though the numbers dropped by half after a decade.
The success of European immigration is due to the fact that many of them enter Canada with relevant job and language skills. Chinese, Africans, and South Asians are more likely to enter Canada as bogus refugees or imported family members and immigrants who enter Canada via these routes do not need pertinent job or language skills. I am sure it is because of this that Chinese, African, and South Asian immigrants have higher unemployment rates.
Also, Europeans tend to come to Canada with job skills that are actually needed. For instance you do not see Chinese or South Asians working at construction sites. This shows our immigration system is out of touch with reality. We do not need more IT specialists from India. We do need more plumbers from Poland. That being the case then why is India and China the top two source countries for Canadian immigration? They shouldn't be. We should be decreasing immigration from these countries and increasing immigration from Europe.
Not only do European immigrants have the lowest unemployment rates among all immigrant groups, they are also the most comfortable moving to smaller communities outside of Canada's major urban centers. This has a negating effect on urban sprawl and ethnic enclaving and promoting full participation and integration from immigrants. So why is European immigration given so little precedence when it is evident this is the kind of immigration Canada needs?