Friday, May 02, 2008

Highly educated immigrants still lag in earnings

(Waridaad) - Piloting his cab through the congested streets of Toronto, Ifzal Ahmad is looking forward to the day when he can come up with $35,000 for a course that should allow him to again become a mechanical engineer.

Despite 15 years in his profession in India, the 47-year-old married father of three – like so many other new arrivals to Canada – has found himself in a relatively low-skilled job because his qualifications aren't recognized here.

The latest data on income and earnings from the 2006 census released Thursday by Statistics Canada shows that highly skilled immigrants – the country's preferred newcomer – have a long row to hoe once they arrive, and it shows in the amount of money they earn.
The past quarter century has seen the earnings gap between recent immigrant workers and Canadian-born ones widen dramatically.......Full article

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