Immigration Policies in Canada

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Canada has a very diverse group of people, each of whom has studied and is a professional in a different skill. From the 2006 Census, about one in five Canadians were born outside the country (McMullen, 2009). Each of these immigrants comes from a different culture and language, and have different characteristics such as gender, age, and education. Yet, it is not an easy process as it once was to immigrate to Canada (Dupuis, 2013). Upon arrival, immigrates face many different forms of barriers, such as: language, proper credentials, abandonment of education and work experience from abroad, discrimination, lower earnings and cultural differences. It is evident that many who have come with university or college degrees now work jobs which require lower educational standards, such as clerks, salespeople, truck drivers or cashiers (McMullen, 2009). As a result, the transition for immigrants into the Canadian workforce is a difficult process, leaving many skilled labourers without proper jobs and discouraging others from entering. It is quite evident that Canada is trying to restrict the amount of immigration in the recent decade. In 2002, the Citizenship and Immigration Minister had finalized an immigration package which will prevent skilled workers from entering Canada (Thompson, 2002). Not only this, but the package will be applied retroactively, thus affecting thousands of immigrants from the time the first draft was completed. The Minister claims that this package "favours independent immigrants who have higher education and language skills" (Thompson, 2002). Yet the majority of critics state that this package will actually keep out skilled workers and essentially betrays the spirit of common law. Luckily, before the final draft w... ... middle of paper ... ...l qualifications are the cultural differences. Shibao refers to this as "democratic racism", which is basically the coexistence of the two difference ideologies. All in all, there is a devaluation of foreign education credentials as well as income discrimination towards immigrants in Canada. The new point systems and certification system prefer immigrants who have Canadian job experience as well as Canadian references. This form of deskilling contributes to the discrimination of immigrants and preservation of high labour market segments for Canadian born workers. These immigration policies create significant issues and stress for immigrants who want to transition themselves into the Canadian workforce. Not only do the policies create inequality for jobs, but also setback the Canadian economy as a whole from achieving greater work ethics and wasting human resources.
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