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Job market turns immigrant dreams into nightmares

Immigrants come to Canada with dreams of a better life. But their job prospects here are often so minimal, that dream sometimes becomes a nightmare.
Amanda Lang shares the story of one woman's struggle to find a job after immigrating to Canada from China. The national unemployment rate for recent immigrants is almost twice as high than Canadian-born workers. 4:55

Immigrants come to Canada with dreams of a better life. But their job prospects here are often so minimal, that dream sometimes becomes a nightmare.

The statistics are daunting. Nationally, the unemployment rate currently sits at 7.6 per cent. But for recent immigrants, it's almost double — 14.5 per cent.

Professionally trained economists and teachers are resorting to entry-level jobs outside their sector, and often have problems finding even those jobs. Amanda Lang spoke to several new Canadians facing the difficult job market recently.

Click the player above to watch her full report.