For every dollar earned by a Canadian, an immigrant earns in cents. And over the period of time the earning by immigrants men and women has gone down.
A survey made in 2011 shows a wide gap between the rich and the poor in the country. And this division is largely defined by age as well as race of the people.
Almost 15% people fall under “poverty class”, out of which slightly more than 40% belong to low income groups who are basically minors. Almost 36% of the low income group is comprised of immigrants, who have been staying in the country for quite a considerable period now. This percentage has only shown a rising trend over time.
The income picture
Almost 3 decades back an immigrant was learnt of earning 85 cents against every dollar earned by a Canadian. A decade back this income immigrant men reduced to 67 cents whereas a female immigrant was found to be earning 65 cents against every dollar of a Canadian born.
And in 2005 this income reduced to 63 cents by a man and 56 cents by a woman who immigrated to the country.
Unemployment rate amongst the immigrants
There is an increase in the gap between the unemployment rates and immigrants as the level of education increases.
In 2009 the unemployment rate of recent immigrants holding a university degree was reported to be approximately 14%, which is more than 4 times for Canadian born, holding a university degree.
The difficulties for immigrants
There are cases when an immigrant decided to move to Canada in the want of a better life for him and his family. For this, he may have left an esteemed job with a hope of getting a better one in Canada.
But, when they actually landed here, they realized that they were paid much less than what they earned in their home countries. The payment is rarely reciprocated to the qualification and experience they hold. However, their Canadian counterparts enjoyed a far better salary structure even with less experience and education.
The effect of earning less
Immigrants finding it hard to get a job for them and even if they get one, the earning is insufficient to meet ends. Many of them even think of getting back to their own countries because arranging the basics to live a life also seems to be a “tough task” before them.
And the story remains equally sad for even those who have been working in the country for more than a decade or so now.
The country seems to be treating the Minority and the Immigrants not equal to those born here. AT least the data on earnings and unemployment of immigrants clearly narrate the same. In the process those coming to Canada with a high hope of a better lifestyle face a setback and struggle to survive here. The pain aggravates so much that they even think of switching back to their own countries.