Degrees count for more in U.S.

University educated immigrants fare worse in Canada


University educated immigrants are earning less in Canada than in the United States, according to a recent study by Aneta Bonikowska of Statistics Canada. The study, which tracked the earnings of recent immigrants from 1980 to 2005, found that immigrants in Canada with degrees earned about 50 per cent less than those born in Canada and who are similarly educated. In the United States, university educated immigrants earned 30 per cent less than those who were American born and university educated. Of the possible reasons behind the discrepancy, Bonikowska cited the fact that 55 per cent of new immigrants in Canada are hold degrees compared to 35 per cent of recent immigrants to the United States. The gap in wages between the two countries has been steadily diverging since 1980.

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Degrees count for more in U.S.

  1. Well DUH!

    They didn’t need a study to figure that out. I would have thought it was common knowledge – at least amongst immigrants in Canada – that the US treats immigrants better socially and economically than Canada. I have lived in Canada for years (I grew up there before departing for the US) and this subject was the talk amongst immigrants consistently.

    Canada is still a developing country socially and economically. The economy is based on service, it’s not a producing/manufacturing economy. The “country” is socially dead; people are cold and unreceptive, cling to old British colonial mindset and keep it to themselves, condescending with an attitude of vengeful supremacy toward non whites. It has no culture or national identity to the extent that fourth generation “Canadians” still claim the old country of their ancestors.

    This does not bode well for the its future existence with its disproportionately high numbers of elderly/aging populace and the new arrivals with questionable loyalty – and even contempt – to Canada. The failure to assimilate and adequately employ new arrivals will have serious implications for Canada in the future.


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