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New research on immigrant earnings in Atlantic Canada

A new publication by Sociology faculty Lisa Kaida, compares the earnings of immigrants who settle in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver to those who settle in Atlantic Canada. Results indicate the returns to postgraduate degrees and foreign credentials on earnings are higher out East. What implications do these findings have for immigrant settlement policy?

Feb 10, 2017

Sociology faculty Lisa Kaida has a new publication coming out in the Journal of International Migration and Integration.   Using data from the 2006 Census, she and her co-authors compare the earnings of immigrants who settle in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver to those who settle in Atlantic Canada and offer policy recommendations.

Despite growing interest in the regionalization of immigration, comparative studies of the labor market outcomes of immigrants in traditional and non-traditional destinations remain limited in Canada. Using Atlantic Canada as a non-traditional destination and drawing data from the 2006 Census of Population, this study compares the determinants of immigrant earnings in this region with those of three major traditional destinations, Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver (MTV). Results indicate the returns to postgraduate degrees and foreign credentials on earnings are higher in Atlantic Canada than MTV, although the costs of being visible minorities and speaking non-official language(s) at home are not statistically different between the two destinations. Results also show the earning disparities linked to employment in ethnic businesses are smaller in Atlantic Canada. This paper discusses implications of these findings for immigrant settlement policy.

Read the article in the Journal of International Migration and Integration