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Immigrants use of welfare a mixed bag, documents show

posted Jan 12, 2011, 9:28 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Jan 12, 2011, 9:29 PM ]
By BRIAN LILLEY, Parliamentary Bureau
Last Updated: January 11, 2011 8:17pm
A review of data from Statistics Canada and Citizenship and Immigration Canada shows it depends on the type of immigrant.
As a whole, immigrants have a somewhat higher incidence of welfare usage than the general population, but some classes of immigrants use the system far less. The data also shows that while welfare usage goes down for both economic class immigrants and refugees the longer they are in Canada, the rate of welfare dependency often rises for family class immigrants.

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