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Immigrant wages linked to program that led worker to B.C.

posted May 21, 2012, 2:33 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated May 21, 2012, 2:33 PM ]
Newcomers selected under B.C. Provincial Nomination Program fare the best, study says
By Darah Hansen, Vancouver Sun May 1, 2012

When it comes to earning potential, not all immigrants to British Columbia are equal, according to a new study by author Haimin Zhang.
Zhang, a PhD student of economics at the University of B.C., found a "surprising" wage gap between newcomers who immigrated as federal skilled workers between 2002 and 2008 and those selected under the B.C. Provincial Nomination Program (BCPNP).
Using Statistics Canada data collected from landing information and tax records, the study determined B.C. provincial nominees earned, on average, three times as much as immigrants classified as skilled workers after one year of their arrival. The wage advantage declined with the length of stay in Canada, but remained significant, according to the study, which was published in April on the Metropolis BC website. After four years, B.C. provincial nominees still earned twice as much as skilled workers in the province, the study said.


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