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StatCan Blog: Transition from temporary foreign workers to permanent residents

Released: 2017-05-25

They came for a job and chose to stay.

This month, the StatCan Blog once again turns over the writer's pen to a researcher, to shine the spotlight on temporary foreign workers who have become permanent residents in Canada. Dr. Feng Hou, a senior researcher in the Social Analysis and Modelling Division, summarizes recent Statistics Canada studies on this important segment of Canada's population.

Between 2000 and 2015, the number of temporary foreign workers in Canada more than quadrupled, and the share who subsequently became permanent residents increased.

Dr. Hou examines how the transition from temporary foreign worker to permanent resident varies by source-country characteristics and type of work permit, and how labour market outcomes following this transition vary by pre-landing characteristics and experiences.

This is the second in a quarterly series of posts by StatCan researchers dedicated to showing and explaining their research on Canada's economy and society.


The second May 2017 edition of the StatCan Blog is now available.

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