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The Fiscal Burden of Recent Immigrants to Canada

Kapsalis, Constantine (2020): The Fiscal Burden of Recent Immigrants to Canada.

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In a recent report by the Fraser Institute, Grady and Grubel (2015) concluded that, because of the low taxes they pay and the government services they receive, the fiscal burden of recent immigrants to Canada was significant ($5,329 in 2010). This study, however, shows that the fiscal burden is only significant in the case of refugees and sponsored immigrants. By contrast, economic immigrants actually pay more in taxes than the benefits they receive. This is an important finding since economic immigrants are selected primarily on economic grounds, while refugees and sponsored immigrants are accepted primarily on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

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