Refugees out-earn millionaire ‘business class’ immigrants years after arriving in Canada

January 22, 2016

By Anna Mehler Paperny, Global News |

Much of Canada’s conversation around refugees — whom do we take, when and how many? — has focused on the assumed cost of the initiative.

We’ve dissected some of the most common misconceptions around what refugees actually get in terms of assistance, and what they’re required to repay once they arrive in Canada.

But what about the other side of the equation — how do refugees fare in the years and decades following their arrival?

Statistics Canada data analyzed by Global News shows how swiftly refugees and immigrants start working and earning once they become permanent residents.

The figures also indicate the way your entry to Canada can influence your financial trajectory afterward.

Within five years, 57 per cent of government-assisted refugees, 65 per cent of refugees who claim asylum once they’re in Canada and 70 per cent of privately sponsored refugees reported employment income.

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