Research finds refugees have same economic success as other Canadians, but it takes time

On April 4, 2017 CBC News reported: A UBC researcher says three decades of census data shows refugees, on average, cost the country no more in the long term than someone born here.

Professor of Geography Dan Hiebert says the financial status of refugees living in Canada’s six biggest cities will eventually mirror the rest of the population, although it can take up to 20 years.

Syrian refugees in Victoria worry about finding work”Really tough times at the beginning, high levels of poverty, high levels of social assistance, as much subsidized housing as they can find,” Hiebert told On The Coast guest host Gloria Macarenko.”

After those investments in the beginning years, you find a steady improvement in their economic fortunes over time, [and] refugees end up with the same income distribution at the household level as other Canadians and also with the same level of home ownership.”

Find more to read at: Research finds refugees have same economic success as other Canadians, but it takes time – British Columbia – CBC News

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