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Reform Overdue for Canada's Skilled Immigration System: C.D. Howe Institute

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TORONTO, Oct. 20, 2011 /CNW/ - Canada's approach to immigration faces major challenges, and requires reform if Canada is to meet the international competition for skilled immigrants, according to a new policy study from the C.D. Howe Institute. In Toward Improving Canada's Skilled Immigration Policy: An Evaluation Approach, authors Charles M. Beach, Alan G. Green and Christopher Worswick assess the strengths and weaknesses of the current point system used to screen new arrivals. They identify the policy levers that affect the attributes and success rates of new arrivals, and break new ground by providing a tool to measure those impacts. Their policy recommendations make essential reading for all who care about the tough questions of immigration policy.

The past two and a half decades have seen a marked worsening in the adjustment process of new immigrants, as their earnings levels have dropped significantly relative to Canadian-born workers, say the book's authors. The earnings gap between Canadian- and foreign-born workers has widened, and the catch-up interval between the earnings of immigrants and Canadian-born workers has lengthened. These results have come at the cost of fewer human resources and skills available to the Canadian economy, a potential threat to social cohesion, and the likely loss of skilled immigrants who choose to return home or move on to another country.

The authors' policy recommendations make essential reading for all who care about the tough questions of immigration policy.

For the first chapter of the Policy Book, go to: http://www.cdhowe.org/pdf/Immigration%20Book_Ch1.pdf

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