Quebec is counted as one of the hottest immigrant destinations amongst Canada aspirants. Each year, thousands of immigrant workers arrive in Canada seeking better future and opportunities. The province boasts one of the best qualities of life in the world in both urban and regions. Immigrants arrive for both work and study considering it will lead to their permanent residency in Canada.
However, the recent updated report from Montreal Research Group confirms the scenario has changed negatively with the new arrivals to Quebec experience problems like Higher Unemployment, lower income as compared to native Quebec residents since they are overqualified for their jobs compared to other Quebecers.
The report published found out that “Unemployment rate for immigrant currently stands at 11.2% which is nearly double compared to 5.8% for people born in Canada. The report also stated that an astounding 43% of immigrants are overqualified for their jobs as compared to 29% amongst Quebecers.
An example immigrant considered during the study who came to Canada more than 2 years ago confirmed that he is struggling to find jobs in restaurants or a shop, while he was doing equivalent of over $100 USD/hour working as an instructor at a finance / business academy. He says he has sent nearly 3,000 resumes to companies across Canada out of which only 6-7 responded to his application converting to only 3 or 4 interviews.
Although the interviews went well, the aspirant confirmed that the employers showed interest in the beginning but in the end stopped contacting him. He is surviving on short-term accounting contracts from Toronto. Once the contracts expired, he is unemployed again and have to move back submitting his resumes to other companies all over again.
The report also confirmed that aspirants faced discriminations from employers based on identity, country of origin and multiple other factors. The lack of Canadian Experience remains one of the major hurdles for immigrants to get high paying jobs. Researchers have time and again applauded the efforts of government openness towards the immigrants but also stated that government should focus on the efforts to reduce this inequality.
When the Canadian Government is open to immigration, it’s good to accept people in the country, however it is more important that these people get jobs they deserve to get a better life here but that’s not what’s happening at this moment. The publisher of this report IRIS has stated they will soon release reports for other provinces to assess the ground situation in order to get the government focus on the immigration problems.
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The saying of “Grass looks greener on the other side” seems true in this case.