Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Canada needs to be honest with immigrants about their job prospects as many immigrants are overqualified for the jobs in 'booming' Saskatchewan.

That was clearly admitted by the premier of Saskatchewan as reported by this Toronto Star article.

Workers enticed to go west

Booming Saskatchewan hosts event to draw residents to province's 10,000-odd available jobs
Sep 30, 2008 04:30 AM
Iain Marlow
Staff Reporter


Rafiq Muhammad and other members of Thorncliffe Park's ethnically diverse community came to a neighbourhood barbecue with some questions about Saskatchewan.

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"Saskatchewan is a booming economy but I don't know much about it," said Muhammad, who has a degree in electrical engineering from a university in Lahore, Pakistan. "I'm here to see if we can really fit in."

Muhammad was typical of those who showed up to a meal of tandoori chicken and curry hosted by Saskatchewan's worker-hunting labour ministry yesterday evening in E.T. Seaton Park. He arrived in Canada recently, had gone through an initial period of hardship, but was now underemployed and worried about how he would raise his children.

He, like others, came to see whether it was possible to escape Ontario's lagging manufacturing economy, Toronto's fierce competition among skilled new immigrants, and the crime and hassle of the big city. And they wondered whether they might find a better life out west, in Canada's fastest growing provincial economy, among Saskatchewan's 10,000-odd available jobs.

"We have a people shortage," Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall told the crowd.

Someone should tell Muhammed that mass immigration makes the competition among skilled new immigrants so fierce and has contributed significantly to the crime and the hassle of the big city.

Anyhow, I think I know what Muhammed's problem is. Would you, as an employer, hire someone with a degree from a University in Lahore, Pakistan. I didn't think so. You'd wait for something better to come along and since Canada literally doubles the number of engineers looking for work each year through immigration you probably wouldn't have to wait very long. This is why so many immigrants with engineering degrees are driving taxis or are underemployed as is Muhammed's case. It has less to do with a lack of recognition of their credentials and more to do with the fact that there were no jobs for them in their field when they arrived here. And what makes Muhammed's situation all the more dire is that year after year after year Canada imports more and more engineers who will compete with Muhammed and other immigrants as well as Canadians for a finite number of electrical engineering positions. That's how Canada's immigration system is a disservice to immigrant and Canadian alike. It is out of touch with the reality of the existing labour market.

I should also point out that the immigration points system grants equal weight to a degree from a University in Lahore, Pakistan to one from, say, Oxford University. Should we be allowing immigrants to come to Canada with false hopes knowing that they will be competing with people who hold western degrees and may well end up being underemployed? Should we be more picky and weed out immigrants with degrees from lesser universities - for lack of a better way to put it - to favour those who will most likely succeed in the Canadian labour market because they hold western degrees? And even some immigrants who hold degrees from western Universities are having a tough time. We like to say it is due to systemic discrimination but the real reason may be the most obvious and logical one: there are no jobs for them here. Canada is just wasting their lives.

So far the article seems like a puff piece reminding Canadians how much they need immigrants to fill job vacancies, a ploy to entice Canadians to begrudgingly support a policy they otherwise disagree with. The question that needs to be asked are what kinds of jobs are going unfilled? This paragraph, albeit a short one, is the most telling one of the piece:

The premier, for his part, admitted that many of these new Canadians were overqualified for the jobs his province needs to fill.

What do you think he means by that? Are "booming" Saskatchewan's 10,000 odd jobs mostly counter help at fast food restaurants, nannies, general labourers, security workers, truck drivers, retail sales staff, and a myriad of part-time and temp positions? If immigrants knew that these were the only jobs available to them before they applied to come to Canada would they still apply? Is Canada lying to immigrants and ruining their lives? Canada needs to be more honest to immigrants before they make a big mistake and decided to come here. It's the compassionate thing to do is it not?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Saskatchewan has a population of under a million people spread over a combined land mass of several European countries. This Canadian province could be described as quintessentially "Canadian" with its' majority Euro-Whites co-habiting with the 15% Aboriginal population.

Visible minorities comprise of a fraction over 3% and found mostly in the two major cities of Regina and Saskatoon. All these figures can be found in the Stats Canada link posted above.

The Vis-Min category is found in the third category from the bottom of the page.

This same news story was also reported on the television last night where one recent Vis-Min immigrant was quoted as having concerns about lack of "community support" in Saskatchewan. That was really a code expression for saying "I'd be happier to live, work and play amongst people that look much like me and not assimilate among all those white Canadians out there."

As usual, the acceptable double standards always apply here. If a white Canadian alluded to having preferences to living among other fellow whites, he'd be condemned as a "racist".

I also think the Saskatchewan premier and his business partners are trying to capitalize on that fantasy show "Little Mosque On The Prairie".

Anyhow, with the fast-coming economic recession bearing down on us, if it hasn't already arrived, Saskatchewan and Canada won't have to worry about job "shortages".

Rick said...

Rafiq needs to have a look at

www.notcanada.com

Straight from the horses mouth.

PaxCanadiana said...

This same news story was also reported on the television last night where one recent Vis-Min immigrant was quoted as having concerns about lack of "community support" in Saskatchewan. That was really a code expression for saying "I'd be happier to live, work and play amongst people that look much like me and not assimilate among all those white Canadians out there."

Multiculturalism is loaded with code words. "Community" is a euphemism for "colony" but we never say that because colony carries negative connotations.

Also, the desire to live and associate with their "community" says a lot. If that is their wish then why did they come to Canada in the first place? To them "Canadians" and other immigrants are the "other". Canada is becoming a nation of colonies.

Rafiq needs to have a look at

www.notcanada.com

Straight from the horses mouth.


Precisely. I have no sympathy for immigrants who come here and end up underemployed or unemployed and then complain about it. There are more than enough horror stories circulating about Canada that should cause any immigrant to reconsider locating here but they chose to ignore them. If they are aware of the risks but come here anyways then they wouldn't complain now would they?

Anonymous said...

Precisely. I have no sympathy for immigrants who come here and end up underemployed or unemployed and then complain about it.

Our sympathies should be with those native-born Canadians who have been deprived of career opportunities because of immigration. They are the real victims here. They have been betrayed by a federal government which prefers to give jobs to foreigners rather than invest in the education and training of its own people.

PaxCanadiana said...

Our sympathies should be with those native-born Canadians who have been deprived of career opportunities because of immigration.

You're right and that is an angle that I am well aware of and concerned about but haven't given it any attention on this blog.

Talking about first nations people, I find it funny how mass immigration advocates share company with those who criticize the west and Europe for colonialism. Sometimes they are the same people. But if you stop to think about it mass immigration is the continued colonization of indigenous lands. Why is it bad when, say, the British were in India, but is good when Indians settle in Britain or Canada. It seems colonialism is only a good thing when you're doing it, not when you're the victim of it.

Anonymous said...

Our sympathies should be with those native-born Canadians who have been deprived of career opportunities because of immigration.
...you mean immigrations of all countries such as the Europeans right?

PaxCanadiana said...

...you mean immigrations of all countries such as the Europeans right?

There is such a thing as too many immigrants and if all our immigration came from Europe I would be saying the same thing.

There is also a thing as too many culturally disparate immigrants. To illustrate what I mean by this is, say a flood of African immigrants into the heart of China. Cultural and racial considerations are needed to avoid culture shock, racial and cultural tensions, ethnic enclaving and so on. Canada is no different. Canada needs to increase as a proportion the amount of immigrants to this country who are most likely to integrate culturally as well as economically. This does mean increasing European immigration as a proportion of the whole and decreasing Asian immigration which enjoys a disproportionate amount of immigration.