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The impact of immigration on Canada’s labour market

Grady, Patrick (2009): The impact of immigration on Canada’s labour market. Published in: Fraser Forum No. December 2009 (December 2009): pp. 28-32.


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This paper discusses the performance of recent immigrants in Canada's labour market and reviews some of the literature on the causes of their poor performance. The paper concludes that, using the existing selection system, it is not possible to admit annually as many as 250,000 immigrants who are capable of doing well in the Canadian labour market, despite 16 years of economic expansion, during which the unemployment rate dropped below 6%. It also speculates that The situation can only worsen as unemployment climbs, as the economy slackens.

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