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Immigrant Youth and Employment: Lessons Learned from the Analysis of LSIC and 82 Lived Stories

2011

Immigrant Youth and Employment: Lessons Learned from the Analysis of LSIC and 82 Lived Stories

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Finding a job has become a critical challenge to many youth. Immigrant youth, who have been a key part of the global migrants, are particularly vulnerable when entering the job market of the host country due to various structural barriers. However, in both public policy discourse and research, their labour market experience tends to be overlooked. In this paper, we report the employment experience of recently arrived immigrant youth based on an analysis of the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada (LSIC) and findings of in-depth interviews of 82 immigrant youth in four cities in Canada. Our results reveal that recently arrived immigrant youth tend to work in lower-skilled employment, experience significant delays in finding employment, have difficulties with foreign credential recognition, and have fewer means to access to job markets.

Lauer, S., Wilkinson, L., Yan, M., Sin, R., & Tsang, A. (2011). Immigrant Youth and Employment: Lessons Learned from the Analysis of LSIC and 82 Lived Stories. International Migration & Integration, 13, 1-“19.

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