Immigrants fare worst in Quebec: study
Earn less than those in other provinces. Integration policies of Quebec government ‘largely a failure,’ Jack Jedwab charges
Saturday, March 13, 2004
Recent immigrants have a much harder time getting ahead in Quebec than do new arrivals in other provinces, a study says.
Almost half of immigrant families who arrived in Quebec between 1995 and 1999 were pegged as low-income earners in the 2001 Statistics Canada census; only 18.7 per cent of those who came to the province in the 1970s still found themselves in the low-income bracket by 2001.
“The policies of the Quebec government in the 1990s to integrate immigrants have largely been a failure,” Jack Jedwab, director of the Association for Canadian Studies, said yesterday during a news conference to release the study.
The nonprofit organization, based in Montreal, promotes research, teaching and publications about Canada.
Jedwab said he was astonished by how poorly immigrants fare in Quebec.
“We have a lag in inserting new immigrants into the economic marketplace, relative to immigrants in other places in the country,” Jedwab said.
Other significant findings:
– Quebec had the second-largest number of low-income families (14.7 per cent), after Newfoundland (16.3 per cent). The Canadian average was 12.8 per cent.
– Quebecers living in cities (15.9 per cent) are far more likely than rural residents (9.8 per cent) to find themselves at the bottom of the income pile.
– Other Quebecers who found themselves at the low end of the income scale were visible minorities (40.4 per cent), unilingual English speakers (27.5 per cent) and aboriginal peoples (27.5 per cent).
Bueno aun los Quebecos no salen del hueco, pero siempre estan mas arriba que los imigrantes, abran los ojos!