Five Myths About Immigrants

Myths and Realities of Life for Immigrants in Calgary

Many immigrants face barriers when settling in Canada - language difficulties, lack of Canadian work experience, lack of recognition of foreign credentials, insufficient or inappropriate affordable housing and difficulty finding suitable jobs that match their qualifications. According to the Calgary Foundation almost 50% of immigrants with post-secondary credentials are not utilizing their skills and experience in their jobs in Alberta. This is reflected nationally in Statistics Canada findings that indicated that more than half of all recent immigrants to Canada are overqualified for their jobs. Compounding these barriers and challenges is the prejudice that some immigrants encounter from employers and some of the Canadian born population. These prejudices are based on assumptions about immigrants, rather than facts. This booklet challenges some of those assumptions.

Publication Date: 
2009
Location: 
Calgary, AB, Canada