Survey suggests how Canada can improve economic outcomes for immigrants
January 20, 2021
By CIC News |
Many immigrants lost their job and were not able to support themselves financially during the coronavirus outbreak in Canada, according to a new survey.
Immigrants have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, and not just in Canada but around the world. Migrants are overrepresented in essential services, and industries that have been hardest hit by coronavirus prevention measures, according to Statistics Canada.
World Education Services (WES), an educational credential assessments provider, conducted a survey to look into the economic well-being of recent migrants to Canada. The results came from 7,496 responses across three surveys conducted in April, June, and August 2020.
Findings show that many newcomers have lost their income and cannot meet their basic needs. About 14 per cent have lost their jobs due to COVID-19, and 13 per cent are working reduced hours or at reduced pay. About 17 per cent have temporarily lost their primary source of income, another 6 per cent report that they have lost it permanently. One in five is having trouble affording housing, but when looking at just international students it becomes one in three. One out of 10 is having difficulty affording essentials like groceries and medicine.