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Tapping Immigrants' Skills: New Directions for Canadian Immigration Policy in the Knowledge Economy

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Tapping Immigrants' Skills: New Directions for Canadian Immigration Policy in the Knowledge Economy. The effective utilization of immigrants? foreign acquired skills has become a key issue for Canada?s immigrant-settlement policy. In this paper University of Toronto professor Jeffrey Reitz looks at three specific reasons for this. First, in the context of the emerging knowledge economy Canada remains committed to a policy of mass immigration. Second, the institutional means for assessing education and other job qualifications, so vital in today?s labour market, do not work well for many immigrants? qualifications. Finally, and at least partly as a result of this last factor, the employment prospects of new immigrants relative to those of native-born Canadians are worsening, even as immigrants? educational qualifications have improved.

 

By Institute for Research on Public Policy, Canada.

Employment Policy Resource.