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Asian job seekers face disadvantage even when they have higher degrees, study finds

Canadian study found job applicants with Asian names and a master’s degree got fewer interview requests than counterparts with Anglo-Canadian names and only a bachelor’s degree.

Why Are Immigrants More Entrepreneurial?

Interacting with two or more cultural contexts can help immigrants combine diverse ideas, solutions, and customer problems in order to create something entirely new.

50 per cent immigration boost makes ‘complete sense,’ says expert

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.

Our Immigrants, Our Strength

Investing in the integration of refugees and immigrants is not only the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do.

Canada faces big questions about the future of immigration

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

“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?’

Should you change your name to get a job?

The extreme measures some people take to fight hiring bias might surprise you. But some say it’s the only way.

The Refugee Crisis and EU integration: The Need for a Fine Balancing Act

The EU needs to view the refugee crisis as an opportunity.

Newcomers work at finding a job

Winnipeg’s population is expected to top one million in 25 years mainly because of immigration, and an event in the city next week aims to line up hundreds of newcomers with jobs.

7 Facts You Didn’t Know About High-Skilled Immigrants

Facts about high-skilled immigrants that give a sense of the overlooked benefits and contributions of immigrants.

6 charts which show the employment barriers faced by British Muslims

Unemployment rates among Muslims are more than double that of any other community in the UK.

The Fed’s striking lack of diversity and why it matters

Diversity of leadership strengthens the institution’s legitimacy, a key goal of the Federal Reserve System, given its inherent need to take politically unpopular actions.

Integral to Canada’s economy, immigrants deserve more support

If we are honest with ourselves, we know that immigration and citizenship have never been, at their core, linked to money.

We Just Can’t Handle Diversity

Diversity improves performance, and people who apply themselves and do good work should be treated fairly.

Syrian refugees benefit from driving test in Arabic

New Brunswick allows Arabic translators on road test to help ease transition for newcomers to province.

When it comes to innovation, Canada’s biggest challenge may be Canadians

Weak demographics is an obstacle to Canadian innovation. Immigration can help, but Canada needs to work harder to attract international talent.

Innovation Driver: Making the Business Case for Diversity

Companies have a bottom-line incentive to promote policies that encourage diversity—increasingly seen as a tool to spur innovation.

Talent Competition: Cities in Global Tug-of-War

“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

The Conference Board of Canada presents Canadian Immigration Summit 2016: Creating Tomorrow’s Immigration System

Hire Immigrants and The Conference Board of Canada would like to invite you to attend the Canadian Immigration Summit 2016 on April 4-5, 2016 in Ottawa at a reduced price!

Diversity at work: hiring ‘the best person for the job’ isn’t enough

Unconscious bias and a tendency to hire in their own image can lead managers to bring in the wrong candidate for their team

Diversity: It’s good for your brain

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.

Want to Get Richer? Accept Refugees

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.

Vienna Hotel Run By Refugees Integrates Newcomers Into Europe’s Workforce

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 offering free phones, service to Syrian refugees

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

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

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?

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?

Religious minorities in France face bias in hiring, new study finds

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.

The US should fix immigration and patents or kiss its innovation edge goodbye

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

Charities team up with local business to generate jobs for newcomer refugees

British universities won’t be able to see applicants’ names anymore

From 2017, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service in the United Kingdom will remove names from university applications.

Explaining Chinese Restaurants, Korean Dry Cleaning, and Indian Motels

A recent report from the National Bureau of Economic Research attempts to explain the phenomenon of the concentration of certain ethnicities in certain industries.

Net Benefits: How to Understand the Economic Impact of Migration

To understand the economic stakes in Europe’s refugee crisis, start in an unlikely place: the South Pacific island of Tonga.

Canadian province of Nova Scotia seeks ‘entrepreneur’ immigrants with 2 new streams

The Nova Scotia government is creating two new immigration streams aimed at attracting foreigners with money to invest.

Flush with jobs — and potential workers — Germany is stymied by this cultural quirk

“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.

The narrow chance immigrant entrepreneurs have at breaking through

Immigrant entrepreneurs embody the essence of the American Dream—the idea that it’s possible for anyone to succeed, regardless of where they come from. Yet for the majority of immigrant entrepreneurs, it’s difficult to get a visa, obtain funding, and enter the elite networks that make successful ventures work.

The most common surnames of new entrepreneurs in Italy are Hu, Chen, and Singh

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.

Migrant networks and trade: The Vietnamese boat people as a natural experiment

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.

Does the U.S. need more immigrant workers?

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.

How can we solve the global refugee crisis?

Could multinational corporations hold the key to solving the world’s refugee crisis?

Square pegs: Entrepreneurs don’t fit within U.S. visa categories

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.

Immigrant entrepreneurs launch over one in four new businesses

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.

White House task force releases recommendations on immigration

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 more migrants better at integrating them, OECD study finds

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.

New tool for local governments on migrant entrepreneurship

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.

Discrimination and poor job prospects hit children of immigrants

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

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.