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Immigrants struggle to land quality jobs in Canadian cities

posted Jan 12, 2012, 2:13 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Jan 12, 2012, 2:14 PM ]
By Tamara Cunningham, Daily News January 11, 2012

Ping Hui was an established environmental engineer with more than 25 years experience when she came to Canada from her home in China.
She expected a smooth transition into a career in Nanaimo, where her daughter studies criminology, but Hui has been at a loss to find even an entry-level job.
She teaches calligraphy at the Nanaimo Chinese Language and Arts Centre and picks up the occasional seasonal work folding clothes at department stores, but can't seem to find a permanent job. She's been looking for two years.
"They wanted me to pass an ESL test and get training and certification in Canada (for environmental engineering) and for that I have to go back to school," she said. "For me, that isn't an option."

Hui is not the only immigrant struggling to find work.

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