Canadian Immigration Experience: Any Lessons for Europe?

30 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 1999

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Don J. DeVoretz

Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Samuel A. Laryea

Human Resources and Skills Development (HRSD)

Date Written: September 1999

Abstract

This paper reviews and analyzes the effects of Canada's post World War II immigration policies with the perspective of what European policy makers can learn from this experience. Impact of Immigration on natives' employment and earnings, as well as, immigrants' labor market experiences are discussed. The advantages of Canada's equal share rule of the allocation of immigrant visas are argued. The importance of language skills for economic integration and success is also stressed. The importance of the right human capital mix and experience are found to be needed to guarantee positive labor market outcomes in the host country.

JEL Classification: J15, J61, J68

Suggested Citation

DeVoretz, Don J. and Laryea, Samuel A., Canadian Immigration Experience: Any Lessons for Europe? (September 1999). IZA Discussion Paper No. 59. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=180536

Don J. DeVoretz (Contact Author)

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Samuel A. Laryea

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