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University educated immigrants fare worse in Canada

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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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