Policy Practitioners & Governments
The number of working-age Canadians for every senior is expected to drop from 4.2 in 2015 to 2.7 in 2030, according to the Department of Finance.
What Comes First — Language or Work? (Employer Webinar)
Bias, whether conscious or unconscious, favours certain people in the hiring process based on superficial characteristics like name and place of education that have nothing to do with their talent or potential. This webinar will dive deeper to understand how and why this form of discrimination occurs. It will look at practical solutions being tested in the workplace to disrupt hiring bias. Join us on October 27 with guest speakers Phil Oreopoulos of the University of Toronto and Heidi Walker of GapJumpers.
Just because a job doesn’t require a university degree doesn’t mean the people who do it aren’t bringing value to the Canadian economy.
Skilled immigrants wasting their talents in Canada (News Story)
“We have a tendency to compare them to Canadians and say, ‘Oh, they don’t speak as good English,’ instead of thinking, ‘Oh, they speak multiple languages. How is that an advantage for my business?’
Facts about high-skilled immigrants that give a sense of the overlooked benefits and contributions of immigrants.
Syrian refugees benefit from driving test in Arabic (News Story)
New Brunswick allows Arabic translators on road test to help ease transition for newcomers to province.
Weak demographics is an obstacle to Canadian innovation. Immigration can help, but Canada needs to work harder to attract international talent.
Talent Competition: Cities in Global Tug-of-War (News Story)
“Cities are looking at who are the next generation of workers in their midst and who they can attract, and retain, from other places.”—Audrey Singer, Brookings Institution
Diversity: It’s good for your brain (News Story)
Why the trouble embracing diversity? People who don’t “fit in” mess with the mind’s model of how the world works, and if there’s one thing we’ve gleaned from 100 years of psychological science, it’s that the mind hates uncertainty, writes Richard Crisp.
Bias in hiring is a problem without borders. In Germany’s job market, candidates with a German name have to submit an average of five applications while a fellow applicant with a Turkish name has to send seven.
Want to Get Richer? Accept Refugees (News Story)
A new Bloomberg survey of economists predicts that Germany, the biggest recipient of Syrian asylum seekers in the Western world, will get a 0.2 percent boost to its economic output next year if it takes in 800,000 refugees in 2015; that would be 12.5 percent of Germany’s expected 2016 growth.
Europeans worry that the asylum-seekers who have flooded the continent this year will struggle to integrate and find work. A Vienna hotel is showing that newcomers can succeed.
Wind Mobile is teaming up with a local group to assist Syrian refugee families in their transition to life in Canada with free cell phones and service.
The Economist Global Diversity List recognizes Ratna Omidvar and the Global Diversity Exchange (News Story)
The Economist Global Diversity List is a comprehensive guide to organizations and individuals who are at the forefront of promoting diversity in human resources policy and practice. Ratna Omidvar and the Global Diversity Exchange are recognized in three separate categories.
Employers of Influence: Winners of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition for 2016 are announced (News Story)
Canada’s Top 100 Employers collectively employ almost three-quarters of a million Canadians, but their influence on the nation’s employment practices and working conditions extends far beyond.
No names, no bias? (News Story)
Ten big employers in the public and private sectors—including the civil service, HSBC and Deloitte—have agreed to start recruiting on a “name-blind” basis in Britain. But do they work?
Business takes a leadership role in the newly formed Migration Council of Australia. The organisation seeks to build a bridge between those with an economic interest in a big Australia, and those with a social interest in a fair Australia.
As Europe’s refugee crisis continues to evolve, offers of assistance have been complemented by a broad-based response from the business community, writes migration expert Khalid Koser. This mobilization highlights not only the role that the private sector can play in managing migration, but also the importance of extending this engagement beyond the response to the immediate crisis.
A practising Muslim man is four times less likely to get a job interview in France than a Catholic counterpart, according to a new study by the Institut Montaigne.
Some say the US is losing its innovation edge. The fear is that industrial and technological advancements in other countries—and in China in particular—threaten to leave the US behind.
A London bakery offers refugee women a way into work (News Story)
Charities team up with local business to generate jobs for newcomer refugees
From 2017, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service in the United Kingdom will remove names from university applications.
[New Research] Why Matthew but not Samir? Disrupting the Hiring Bias (Employer Webinar)
[New Research] This webinar has been updated with new research findings. In an exclusive event, Dr. Rupa Banerjee, co-author of the new research report, “Do Large Employers Treat Racial Minorities More Fairly”, reviews the research and explains the negative impacts on job-seekers and employers alike.
A recent report from the National Bureau of Economic Research attempts to explain the phenomenon of the concentration of certain ethnicities in certain industries.
To understand the economic stakes in Europe’s refugee crisis, start in an unlikely place: the South Pacific island of Tonga.
The Nova Scotia government is creating two new immigration streams aimed at attracting foreigners with money to invest.
“Life is too short to learn German,” quipped Mark Twain. Now the German language is turning out to be more than just the butt of jokes. In a country desperately in need of workers, it is proving to be a stumbling block that prevents German companies from taking advantage of the flood of new arrivals.
How can communities unlock the full potential of immigrant professionals within their workforce? Which factors have influenced the economic success of foreign-educated immigrants in the U.S.? This report from WES Global Talent Bridge and IMPRINT details the results of a groundbreaking study on the experiences of immigrant professionals, and offers recommendations for more fully utilizing their talents and training.
Analysis: Do Migrants Take the Jobs of Native Workers? (Employer Report)
An analysis published by researcher Amelie F. Constant in the Germany-based IZA World of Labor tackles the question: Do migrants take the jobs of native workers? Constant finds the answer is no. And overall, the positive effects of immigration far outweigh the negative.
According to data collected by the chamber of commerce, the most common surnames of new entrepreneurs creating jobs in seven of the country’s biggest regions are not Italian.
The share of US exports going to Vietnam over the period 1995-2010 was higher and more diversified in those states with larger Vietnamese populations, themselves the result of larger refugee inflows two decades beforehand.
Cross-border activities increase “brain circulation.” For countries like Canada that see poor performance on innovation, and particularly on commercialization, transnational entrepreneurs present a unique opportunity.
Does the U.S. need more immigrant workers? (News Story)
A recent poll found that approximately 60 percent of respondents believe the U.S. economy needs, and would benefit from, legal immigrants being admitted via a visa program to do physically-demanding, low-skilled work.
Can a government work like and with the private start-up sector to jump-start immigrant entrepreneurship, attract the “best and brightest” international entrepreneurs …
UnShackled wants to extend opportunities to all entrepreneurs in the United States, including immigrants on work-visas who want to start companies without waiting for permanent residency. For some immigrant entrepreneurs, UnShackled may be the funding and stabilizing bridge they need to bring their ideas to life in the United States.
Canadian public opinion about immigration and multiculturalism (Employer Report)
A new study from the Environics Institute found multiculturalism continues to be seen as one of Canada’s most important symbols, and this view has strengthened since 2010.
How can we solve the global refugee crisis? (News Story)
Could multinational corporations hold the key to solving the world’s refugee crisis?
The United States doesn’t offer a startup visa that specifically allows entrepreneurs who meet certain requirements to come to or remain in the country.
While immigrants make up around 13 percent of the U.S. population, they play an outsize role in entrepreneurship and business formation relative to their overall numbers.
A White House task force on immigration released an “initial strategic plan” last week to help strengthen existing pathways to naturalization and promote entrepreneurial growth.
Countries with larger migrant populations are paradoxically better at absorbing them into the workforce, a groundbreaking new report on integration within the world’s richest countries has revealed.
The DELI Assessment Tool aims to assist local governments to make an inventory of local policies and practices in support of migrant entrepreneurship and to measure performance against a set of Management Standards.
The OECD finds youth with immigrant parents experience nearly 50% more unemployment in the European Union than those with native-born parents.
Actually, Immigration Can Create Jobs (News Story)
Put more simply—if 1,000 new immigrants were to move in, the local economy would end up gaining about 1,200 new jobs. The researchers refer to this increased demand effect as a “shot-in-the-arm” for the local economy.
Natural entrepreneurs can be found in informal and marginalized communities. Recognizing and working with them, instead of penalizing them for entrepreneurial activities can revitalize a community.
Competitions or awards spark new ideas, encourage innovation and reach new audiences within the sector.
Access to capital is a common challenge faced by immigrant entrepreneurs. Micro loan models are popping up as a solution.
How do cities re-charge their economic engines and stay competitive in a globalized economy? Embracing immigrant entrepreneurs and immigrant-owned small businesses leads to better outcomes not only for newcomers, but for cities themselves.
The Kauffman Foundation’s Jason Wiens explains why the unique influences of location necessitate policy engagement with municipal leaders so that mayors are equipped with data and research-backed ideas to support entrepreneurs.
New Direction: Entrepreneurship (Article)
There is a growing body of knowledge on the value of immigrant entrepreneurship but also on the barriers faced by newcomers with a business idea. Along with the problems, there are solutions – found from immigration policy to local government support to targeted capital funds to entrepreneur mentoring programs. Here’s what we want to know.