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Second-Generation Immigrants Tend Toward Skilled Careers

A new study by Statistics Canada indicates that second-generation immigrants have a much higher tendency to move into skilled careers than the rest of the Canadian population.

Nearly all second-generation immigrants achieve a higher level of education than their parents, according to the study, but the female Chinese and South Asian demographic has the largest proportion of highly skilled workers. 

High-skill occupations are defined as those requiring a university degree, such as those in management, finance, health, and the arts.

The study pointed out that the achievements of these groups may not correlate with higher salaries, with gender and racial discrimination potentially playing a part in lower wages. However, these groups are still doing extremely well, with 38.2% of second-generation men and 49% of second-generation women completing their university degrees.