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The Immigrant Wage Gap in Canada: Quebec and the Rest of Canada

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  • Serge Nadeau
  • Aylin Seckin

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This paper examines the nature of the differences in the wage gap between Canadian born males and immigrant males in Quebec and in the rest of Canada (ROC) over the period 1980-2000. Relative to Canadian born individuals, immigrants in the ROC have been consistently, and increasingly, faring better in terms of wages than immigrants in Quebec. We cannot conclude that this is a consequence of Quebec having different immigration policies than the ROC, as the wage gap would be even larger if Quebec attracted the same immigrants as the ROC, nor can we conclude that immigrants are more discriminated against in Quebec. We find that the increased differential in the Quebec-ROC immigrant wage gap mostly reflects changes in the premium earned by immigrants who become citizens over those who remain landed immigrants; this premium virtually disappeared in Quebec while remaining stable in the ROC over the period.

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Article provided by University of Toronto Press in its journal Canadian Public Policy.

Volume (Year): 36 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 265-285

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Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:36:y:2010:i:3:p:265-285

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  1. Chiswick, Barry R. & Miller, Paul W., 2014. "International Migration and the Economics of Language," IZA Discussion Papers 7880, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Kristyn Frank & Kelli Phythian & David Walters & Paul Anisef, 2013. "Understanding the Economic Integration of Immigrants: A Wage Decomposition of the Earnings Disparities between Native-Born Canadians and Recent Immigrant Cohorts," Social Sciences, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 2(2), pages 40-61, April.
  3. Michele Campolieti & Morley Gunderson & Olga Timofeeva & Evguenia Tsiroulnitchenko, 2013. "Immigrant Assimilation, Canada 1971–2006: Has the Tide Turned?," Journal of Labor Research, Springer, vol. 34(4), pages 455-475, December.

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