The "Unbenefits" of Immigration

by Cynthia_pare on April 10, 2016 - 10:46pm


    Immigrants can bring a lot to a community. In my past article I talked about how the U.S. is not a very accommodating and welcoming country. Now, by using the article “Canada’s Skilled Worker Immigration Regulation and its Impact on the Canadian Economy” by Manjula N Variyam against all odds I will try to demonstrate through this short news summary that Americans had made the great decision by not investing too much on their immigrants. Economically talking for the hosting country it is hard to gain from them. There is so much to pay before they actually contribute as much as a natives. I will keep Canada as an example, since they had been welcoming a lot of foreigners each year since a long time and they are still waiting for beneficial results.      

    We all think that Canada’s economy relies a lot on their immigrants, but in fact they depend a lot the country. As new citizens they should contribute as any other Canadian to the rolling of the economy. The system favorises what they called “skilled workers” whom is anyone that scores at least 60 points over 100 on a test based on the individual’s skills. They look at the new comer’s background, which is based on his education, his capacity in French or English, his age, his experience, employment and finally on his adaptability. They have to go through all this, because Canada needs to be sure that the economical gain will be positive. However, even with all this procedure no benefit can be seen so far. Fifteen years is the average number of years that is required to catch up with native-born. They have to be able to pay their taxes and manage to be quite independent of the services to be considered as “beneficial” citizens. It is almost impossible, since even if they are educated and had working experiences in the past they are not recognised other than in the test. So, I do not actually see the use. Canada, then has to reeducate them, which obviously has a cost or if they go on the labour market they do not have access to the high class, so they end up doing jobs that canadian do not want to do, which are often not very fee-chargings. So, you can understand that if they do not have a lot of money it is hard to contribute to the economy. So, I can now understand a little more Americans’ point of view. It has to be a minimum beneficial for both sides and yet Canada has not seen positive results. The system certainly has to be revised.

    The impact that this News summary can provide on the article I earlier wrote is surprisingly to make Canadians think instead of Americans, because it is great to host 25, 000 syrians refugees, but how will they gain for this gentle act. They have to care of them, most of them do not even speak English or French. Plus, they will have to be reeducated. Yes, I agree that it is awesome to be the savior of the situation, but when will they be paid back?    



Hello Cynthia_pare,

The moment I saw the title of your post (The "Unbenefits" of Immigration), I immediately knew you would be discussing the disadvantages of welcoming immigrants to Canada. Therefore, I chose to comment your post because immigration is a very sensitive subject to my family and I. In fact, we immigrated in Canada when I was very young and we believe that we contribute to this country everyday of our lives either economically, politically or socially. We do not see ourselves as "unbeneficial" for Canada. Consequently, I would like to share my opinion on immigration with you.

On the one hand, I strongly disagree that immigration is not economically beneficial for Canada. I believe immigrants actually contribute creating thousands of jobs in Canada every year. As a matter of fact, every website and/or newspaper that I consulted said immigration actually helped Canada’s economic growth. According to the Reader’s Digest: "Studies in both the United States and Canada have shown that job creation increases and the economy improves as the number of immigrants swells." According to the Globe and Mail: "Between now and 2021, a million jobs are expected to go unfilled across Canada. Ottawa is making reforms to the immigration system but isn't going far enough. We need to radically boost immigration numbers. With the right people, Canada can be an innovative world power. Without them, we'll drain away our potential." On the other hand, I agree with you that some immigrants do not speak French nor English and need to be re-educated, but some non-profit organizations exist to help them with that, which is not economically harming Canada. For instance, Clef pour l’intégration au travail des immigrants (CITIM) is a non-profit community organization helping immigrants with their socio-professional integration mainly by teaching them how to speak French, how to make a CV, how to use Microsoft Word and Excel, etc. Also, you mentioned that re-educating immigrants is costing a lot of money to the government. However, this expense could be avoided if Canada would recognize immigrants’ skills and diplomas like the Bouchard-Taylor Commission suggests. For instance, both my parents have a diploma in engineering in their country of origins, but in Canada it was not recognized. Therefore, they had to practice jobs that were not in accordance with their interest. In fact, with two children to take care of, they did not had the time or energy to get re-educated, which I think is very unfortunate. Further, besides filling labour needs, Canada requires immigration to offset the effects of an aging population and declining birth rate, to ensure a sufficient tax base and to expand the size of the domestic market. I personally believe that immigration brings so much more than economic, political and socio-economic changes to Canada. In fact, immigration brings cultural changes or cultural diversity to our society. In my opinion, different cultures, religions and languages are very important to complete the dominant culture. By learning about the basic beliefs and/or past experiences of other cultures, we are increasing our knowledge/understanding of the world.

Finally, I would like to know a little more about your view on immigration in Canada by asking you some questions that require reflection... Do you know any immigrants? Is immigration from one country to another a problem? In what ways do you see it as a problem? Why do people immigrate to other countries? Please let me know!