Don't Forget the Kids: How Immigrant Policy Can Help Immigrants' Children

9 Pages Posted: 16 May 2014

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Colin Busby

C.D. Howe Institute

Miles Corak

Statistics Canada; University of Ottawa; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: May 14, 2014


Current immigration policies overlook the unique challenges faced by immigrant children, resulting in higher dropout rates for those arriving in Canada as teenagers, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Don’t Forget the Kids: How Immigrant Policy Can Help Immigrant’s Children,” authors Colin Busby and Miles Corak assert that various government policies do not take children’s prospects into account, including the Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) Program, which, when used as a route to permanent immigration, needlessly separates children from their parents.

Keywords: Social Policy; Immigrant; Children

JEL Classification: J15, J61, I20

Suggested Citation

Busby, Colin and Corak, Miles, Don't Forget the Kids: How Immigrant Policy Can Help Immigrants' Children (May 14, 2014). C.D. Howe Institute E-brief 174. Available at SSRN: or

Colin Busby (Contact Author)

C.D. Howe Institute ( email )

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Miles Corak

Statistics Canada ( email )

Family and Labour Studies
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University of Ottawa

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Ottawa, Ontario K2C 1H7

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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