What makes Canada so immigrant-friendly

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In most Western European countries, male immigrants have significantly lower pension incomes than natives. The pension system plays a crucial role in this. By Jan Paul Heisig


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Those born abroad are less likely to have a job than a native. And when he is gainfully employed, he earns less - even with comparable training and professional experience. This disadvantage of immigrants in the labor market is documented in many studies. Since the first major waves of immigration to Germany and other European countries in the post-war period are now 40 to 50 years ago, another question increasingly arises: What is the financial situation of immigrants after the end of their working lives?

So far there are only a few studies on this. Without exception, these show that immigrants are financially worse off than natives, even when they are retired. However, the extent of the differences varies greatly depending on the country and study. For Germany, Tatjana Mika and Ingrid Tucci determined that the old-age pensions of nationals of Turkey and the successor states of Yugoslavia in 2003 were on average almost 20 percent lower than those of German nationals. For Canada - a country whose immigration policy is often cited as a positive example - analyzes by Patrik Marier and Suzanne Skinner for 2004 showed an income gap of almost 50 percent for men in the age group 65+.

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Source: MIGAZIN, www.migazin.de


Category: Infothek, Seniors, Economy