Immigration & Diversity news headlines – March 18, 2014

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

The Underutilization of Immigrant Skills: Trends and Policy Issues (Western University)
Since 1996, the problem of underutilization of immigrant skills in Canada has grown significantly. University-educated immigrants are more numerous, yet our census analysis shows that their access to skilled occupations in the professions and management declined between 1996 and 2006. In these years, the value of work lost to the Canadian economy from immigrant skill underutilization grew from about $4.80 billion to $11.37 billion, annually. Given the significance of immigration for economic development, the evaluation of current policies and consideration of future directions seem urgent.
http://sociology.uwo.ca/cluster/en/PolicyBrief14.html

News Release — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Visits China (Chris Alexander, www.cic.gc.ca)
Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander will travel to Hong Kong and Shanghai this week to highlight the many opportunities that exist for Chinese businesses, students and travellers in Canada.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2014/2014-03-17.asp

Video:Candid Comments by Jason Kenney on Marriage Fraud (immlawyer.blogs.com)
Jason Kenney has some candid comments for what appears to be a largely South Asian audience.
http://immlawyer.blogs.com/my_weblog/2014/03/candid-comments-by-jason-kenney-on-marriage-fraud.html#sthash.50WOOfyb.dpuf

The Canadian Experience Class: A Catch-22 (Kate Russell, Dale and Lessmann, mondaq.com)
In January 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced significant changes to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), including a reduction in the amount of time applicants are required to work in Canada before becoming eligible to apply — from two years to one — and the introduction of minimum language proficiency requirements.
http://www.mondaq.com/canada/x/300110/general%20immigration/The%20Canadian%20Experience%20Class%20A%20Catch22

Cashing in on Canada’s Chinese immigration policy shift: Australia’s fillip then the fallout (propertyobserver.com.au)
Canada’s recent policy shift on immigration along with its previous foreign ownership outlook will ensure there is more interest from Chinese buyers in Australian property.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fm.propertyobserver.com.au%2Fproperty-insights%2Fcashing-in-on-canada-s-chinese-immigration-policy-shift-australia-s-fillip-then-the-fallout

Pakistani immigrants make Dartmouth home sweet home (thechronicleherald.ca)
Years ago, back in Pakistan’s central Punjab province, the Awan family considered their economic opportunities and assessed their chances for personal growth. It would be simplistic and untrue to say all roads led to Dartmouth, where their home is now and where the family of five is happily ensconced in the community.But theirs is an intriguing tale, a story of newcomers settling in a place far from their homeland in Asia and adjusting to major changes on a continent a world away.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fthechronicleherald.ca%2Fmetro%2F429938-pakistani-immigrants-make-dartmouth-home-sweet-home%3Ffrom%3Dmost_read%26most_read%3D429938

Systemic’ racism allegations a ‘surprise’ to defence analyst (www.cbc.ca)
A policy analyst for the Department of National Defence said he was “surprised” to hear what the first ombudsman for the Canadian Forces once called a "systemic" racism problem within the Canadian Forces.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/systemic-racism-allegations-a-surprise-to-defence-analyst-1.2575343

Private sector free to adopt Quebec religious symbols ban, too, Marois says (Rhéal Séguin And Les Perreaux, www.theglobeandmail.com)
Quebec’s charter of values does not necessarily exclude the private sector from imposing the same restrictions on their employees as the ones demanded from public servants, says Parti Québécois Leader Pauline Marois.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theglobeandmail.com%2Fnews%2Fpolitics%2Fprivate-sector-free-to-adopt-quebec-religious-symbols-ban-too-marois-says%2Farticle17518548%2F%3Fcmpid%3Drss1

Video: Jean Augustine – A job, a home, but not to you (You Tube)
The Hon. Jean Augustine talks about her early personal experiences with racism in Ontario. This video is part of the Living Rights Project, an online living library created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ontario’s Human Rights Code in 2012.

The Business Case For Supplier Diversity—February (www.purchasingb2b.ca)
Our panel of experts investigates the ROI of implementing diversity into the supply chain
http://www.purchasingb2b.ca/1-purchasingb2b/the-business-case-for-supplier-diversity-february-2014-print-edition-135659

Infographic Shows Diversity Gap in Children’s Books (Jamilah King, colorlines.com)
Over the weekend the New York Times published two important pieces that addressed the overall whiteness of America’s children’s books. In “Where Are People of Color in Children’s Books?” longtime African-American young adult author Walter Dean Myers detailed his experiences in the industry. In “The Apartheid of Children’s Literature”, Myers’ son Christopher writes about the barriers to inclusion that he’s experienced as an illustrator.
http://m.colorlines.com/archives/2014/03/infographic_shows_diversity_gap_in_childrens_books.html?utm_content=buffer2fde3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

REFUGEES

Open Canada’s doors to more Syrian refugees (Marc Garneau, fullcomment.nationalpost.com)
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, recently announced that Syrians are on track to become the largest refugee population on the planet. By the end of this year, they are projected to number over 4-million — more than were caused by the Rwandan genocide.
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/03/18/marc-garneau-open-canadas-doors-to-more-syrian-refugees/

Toronto lawyer faces 18 complaints from refugees (Nicholas Keung, www.thestar.com)
Viktor Hohots who’s listed as the counsel on record in hundreds of roma refugee cases is facing disciplinary proceeding by the Law Society.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thestar.com%2Fnews%2Fimmigration%2F2014%2F03%2F18%2Ftoronto_lawyer_faces_18_complaints_from_refugees.html

Refugee claimants accuse lawyer of misconduct (James Murray, CBC News)
Misconduct hearing against Toronto immigration lawyer gets underway
http://www.cbc.ca/m/news/#!/content/1.2576093

EMPLOYMENT AND WORKERS

Employment & Justice in Toronto (Global Cities Institute)
The Justice in Toronto Lecture Series addresses some of the sources of injustice in Toronto and proposes ways to make the city more just. In each event, an academic scholar has been paired with a city activist. The March 20th event will look at Employment & Justice in Toronto with Patricia Landolt Associate Professor and chair of the department of sociology, University of Toronto Ratna Omidvar, President of Maytree
John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design | Thursday, 20 March 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT) | Toronto, ON
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/employment-justice-in-toronto-tickets-10769047511

Educated immigrants having difficulties accessing high-skill occupations (University of Toronto)
Highly educated immigrants to Canada are facing more difficulties in accessing professional and management occupations than in the mid-1990s, say University of Toronto researchers.
https://media.utoronto.ca/media-releases/education/educated-immigrants-having-difficulties-accessing-high-skill-occupations/

The Underutilization of Immigrant Skills: Trends and Policy Issues (Western University)
Since 1996, the problem of underutilization of immigrant skills in Canada has grown significantly. University-educated immigrants are more numerous, yet our census analysis shows that their access to skilled occupations in the professions and management declined between 1996 and 2006. In these years, the value of work lost to the Canadian economy from immigrant skill underutilization grew from about $4.80 billion to $11.37 billion, annually. Given the significance of immigration for economic development, the evaluation of current policies and consideration of future directions seem urgent.
http://sociology.uwo.ca/cluster/en/PolicyBrief14.html

Canada’s socio-economic sustainability at risk (Career Edge, newswire.ca)
With Baby Boomers already beginning to retire en masse, Canada will face immense skills shortages and a shrinking labour market that threaten the economy’s long-term potential for growth and sustainability.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1323475/canada-s-socio-economic-sustainability-at-risk

Merrifield critiques foreign worker abuses (www.hintonparklander.com)
Canada’s temporary foreign worker program has been abused in the Yellowhead region by both employers and employees, says the riding’s member of Parliament.
http://www.hintonparklander.com/2014/03/17/temporary-foreign-worker-program-needs-changes-merrifield

Study underway to assess trade qualifications (HR Reporter)
A new international study that will help British- and Irish-trained tradespeople assess their skills against Canadian criteria is being supported by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hrreporter.com%2Farticleview%2F20514-study-underway-to-assess-trade-qualifications

Canada can learn from Germany on skills training (Lee-anne Goodman, www.hrreporter.com)
Canadians have much to learn from Germany’s famed apprenticeship system despite doubts it could succeed in Canada, Jason Kenney said as he wrapped up a fact-finding mission into how the European powerhouse streams its youth into skilled trades.
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hrreporter.com%2Farticleview%2F20500-canada-can-learn-from-germany-on-skills-training-kenney

ICTC accepts IQN Engagement award for Global Talent Connections (Jeff Leiper, www.ictc-ctic.ca)
The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) has won the prestigious International Qualifications Network (IQN) Engagement award for its pilot program, Global Talent Connections (GTC).
http://getpocket.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ictc-ctic.ca%2F%3Fp%3D20283

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