Here are the long-term economic outcomes of refugees in Canada

November 26, 2020

By CIC News |

One of the ways to measure how well certain groups of migrants have integrated into Canadian society, is to look at how they performed in the labour market.

Statistics Canada conducted a study on refugees who came to Canada in 2003. The study compares and contrast four different categories of refugees, how each cohort fared in getting jobs, and how many required social assistance.

Refugees to Canada who come through the Refugee and Humanitarian Resettlement Program are selected overseas either as government-assisted refugees, or as privately sponsored refugees. Refugees who make claims in Canada go through the In-Canada Asylum Program. A refugee claimant is a person who has submitted a refugee claim but has not received legal status from the government.

Canada’s immigration department, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) supplies open work permits to refugee claimants so that they can work while waiting on a decision on their claim. Those who come from abroad have access to federally-funded settlement services both before arrival and immediately upon landing.

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