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Half of Asian newcomers feel underemployed: survey

Transition is tough for Chinese, South Asians


Almost half (49%) of Chinese and South Asian immigrants to Canada feel underemployed, according to a survey.

Environics polled more than 600 Chinese and South Asians who came to Canada a year ago or less and settled in Ontario and British Columbia.

While it found that fewer than one-third of respondents said they were working in their chosen field, the survey also revealed that less than one-quarter (24%) had checked to see if recertification in their field was required in Canada prior to emigrating, while only 42% had researched career options in Canada.

Those dissatisfied with their Canadian careers thus far said they planned to go back to school, start their own business or adjust their career goals.