The immigrant mobility gap & impact on 2nd generation children

The Globe and Mail published today a story on Immigrants Face Growing Mobility Gap, by their immigration reporter, Marina Jiminez. In the story, Jiminez quotes historian Jack Jedwab, Association for Canadian Studies, who calls for a rethinking of the vertical mosaic in a report he wrote based on findings released last week by Statistics Canada. Jedwab’s report, The Changing Vertical Mosaic: Intergenerational Comparisons in Income on the Basis of Visible Minority Status in Canada, 2006 is listed on the ACS website, but the report is not (yet) posted.

Immigration-related data at Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada has assembled a useful page of links for researchers. The page – entitled Ethnic diversity and immigration – contains information on:

– ethnic groups
– visible minorities
-immigrants and non-permanent residents
– generation status in Canada (first generation, second generation, third generation or longer)
– citizenship
– education, training, and skills
– labour market and income
– health status and access to health care
– integration of newcomers
– knowledge and use of languages
– immigration history
– religion
– civic participation, attitudes, values, and social networks
– perceived discrimination and unfair treatment.

Recent research/reports on immigration

Policy Options“, the publication of the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) has several stories on immigration and immigration policy in their June 2008 issue. We are pleased that 2 of the reports touch on issues related to immigrant children and families, although slightly disappointed in an article by Robin Sears.
Sears writes on the history of immigration policy in “Canada: If you build it, people will come” and notes that Canada received thousands of “guest children” during WWII in order to provide them with “safe haven”, but neglects to report on the shameful accounts of the 100,000 “home children” who were brought to Canada to serve the nation’s workforce needs. 
Nik Nanos provides analysis on a recent poll in “Nation building through immigration: Workforce skills come out on top” and reports that “four Canadians in five thought family reunification  was important or somewhat important”.

Database on immigrants in OECD countries

Introducing the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) database on immigrants in OECD countries.
The database provides a comparative, comprehensive set of data, including demographic and labour market information. The database draws on population census, registers and includes demographic information including age and gender.
Visit the OECD website, OECD.StatExtracts and click on “Demography and Population” and follow the links to the database.

Poll on demographic data and visible minorities

The Globe and Mail and CTV commissioned a poll through the Strategic Council on demographic data and visible minorities/immigrants. Dated April 14/08.
Some of the findings:
Question: Is accepting new immigrants of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds a defining and enriching part of our Canadian identity?

  • 30% agreed that “Accommodating so many new Canadians of such diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds means we have less in common as Canadians and that this weakens our sense of national identity”
  • 61% agreed that “Having all this diversity is actually a defining and enriching part of our Canadian identity and strengthen our sense of national identity”.

Question: Do Canadians feel new immigrants hold on to their customs and traditions for too long?

  • 45% agreed that “New Canadians hold on to their customs and traditions for too long when they come to Canada”.
  • 47% agreed that “New Canadians integrate into Canadian life at a natural and acceptable pace”.

& other findings:

  • 28% strongly agree that Canadians make too many accommodations to visible minorities in Canada
  • 22% strongly disagree that Canadians make too many accommodations to visible minorities in Canada

See more at the Strategic Council website.