Volume 93, Issue 95

Wednesday, March 29, 2000


NEWS

Computers stolen from SSC offices

Research gets $18.5M boost

Western student still missing

Alcohol consumptions leads to - less sex?

Multiple arrests made at T.O. rave

Biotechnological food explained in magazine

Settlers have hard time finding jobs

Briefs

Bass Ackwards

Caught on campus

Settlers have hard time finding jobs



By Leena Kamat
Gazette Staff

Immigrants are worse off today than ever, a new study has found.

At the fourth annual National Metropolis Conference on immigration policy held last Saturday in Toronto, a team of six researchers from various Canadian universities presented a study which addressed the economic status of immigrants, said Valerie Preston, a geography professor at York University and one of the study's researchers.

Preston said the study revealed immigrants had higher levels of unemployment and lower incomes in the last two years compared to most years in the last three decades. The research was conducted using data collected between 1970 and the present and Toronto was used for the main sample group, she added.

"It wasn't that surprising to me," said Roderic Beaujot, professor of sociology at Western, adding similar results have been uncovered since 1991. "I'm not sure if prejudice or discrimination are playing an overt role. I wouldn't jump to that as a first conclusion," he said.

Anna Chiappa, executive director of the Canadian Ethnocultural Council, said the downsizing of manufacturing firms, where many immigrants find work after arriving in Canada, is one of the reasons immigrants had high unemployment statistics. She added many immigrants also worked in the service industry where they receive low pay and few benefits.

"They are employed in work that they are above and beyond qualified for," Chiappa said. "The biggest shock is that they can't do the job they normally do."

Ottawa resident Sucy Eapen said she and her family came to Canada in 1989 from India, to provide a better education for her children. Despite Eapen's PhD in nutrition and biochemistry and her husband's PhD in physiology, she said finding work in their fields has been tough.

"I didn't think there would be difficulty in finding suitable jobs with a PhD and 15 years of experience," Eapen said, adding once she arrived in Canada, all she found were short-term positions, including lecturing at the University of Ottawa and counselling at a weight loss clinic.

Eapen said one of the biggest problems with immigrating was that immigrants were not generally told about the potential problems and obstacles they may face after arriving in Canada.


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