TORONTO, May 14, 2014 /CNW/ - Current immigration policies overlook the
unique challenges faced by immigrant children, resulting in higher
dropout rates for those arriving in Canada as teenagers, according to a
new C.D. Howe Institute report. In "Don't Forget the Kids: How
Immigrant Policy Can Help Immigrant's Children," authors Colin Busby
and Miles Corak assert that various government policies do not take
children's prospects into account, including the Temporary Foreign
Workers (TFW) Program, which, when used as a route to permanent
immigration, needlessly separates children from their parents.
The report finds that the risks of not completing high school are
distinctly higher for immigrant children who arrive in the country
after about the age of 10, rising sharply for those who come to Canada
"A failure to complete high school limits access to higher education and
reduces future job and earnings prospects," Corak notes. "With this in
mind, government should strive to strike a better balance in the
trade-offs between immigration policies that aim to fill workforce
needs with the long-term success of children in the Canadian economy."
Dropout rates are most notable for children coming from countries in
which English or French are not spoken. As for children coming from
predominantly English-speaking countries, there is little observable
pattern for high-school non-completion rates with the exception of the
United States, whose children endure similar risks to those coming from
Busby concludes, "adopting a family lens in assessing immigration
policy, rather than an individual or a short-term labour market lens,
may help clarify these challenges, and highlight unintended long-term
consequences and missed opportunities. Most important, children should
arrive at the youngest possible age, so the immigration process should
avoid unnecessary delays on families seeking to move to Canada."
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For the report go to: http://www.cdhowe.org/dont-forget-the-kids-how-immigrant-policy-can-help-immigrants-children/25931
SOURCE: C.D. Howe Institute
For further information:
Miles Corak, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Ottawa; or Colin Busby, Senior Policy Analyst, C.D. Howe Institute. Phone: 416-865-1904; E-Mail: email@example.com.