Canadian Immigrant children likely to earn university degrees

More immigrant children than Canadian-born children eventually hold degrees

According to a new report by Statistics Canada, immigrants who come to Canada as children are more likely than Canadian-born children to hold university degrees, and that trend is growing.

Of immigrants who came to Canada in the 1980s at 12 years of age or younger, between 31.6% and 39.8% (depending on gender, less for males) had a university degree by their mid-20s to mid-30s, while 20.4% to 29.7% of Canadian children born in the same era had obtained university degrees.

In the 1960s, the gap between the number immigrant children and Canadian-born children who obtained university degrees was only 2% for males, and for females the numbers were about even.

Immigrants to Canada doing better as time goes on

According to this Statistics Canada data, previous studies have shown employment for immigrants on the decrease which led to a perception that as time went on, immigrants weren’t fairing as well in Canada. However, this new data shows that immigrants who arrive as children are doing quite well and continue to as the years go on. Child immigrants also account for a large percentage of total immigrants, ranging from 21% to 26% from the 1960s to 1980s.

The survey also suggests that because Canada’s immigration system is more favourable to those with a higher education, children of immigrants with a higher education will also be encouraged to get a university degree.

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Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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