Students, immigrants in Calgary not optimistic about jobs, economic recovery

November 23, 2010

According to a new report, newcomers to Calgary and PSE students see themselves worse off this year compared to 2009 and have a gloomy outlook regarding their economic future. The report found that students and new, well-educated immigrants see their prospects as bleak, contrasting rosy economic forecasts by financial experts. About three-quarters of participants said they have not been able to find work, even though they have been searching for months. Most recent immigrants feel completely shut out of the labour market, despite having specialized skills or higher education. Meanwhile, most PSE students surveyed expressed frustration with tuition increases proposed earlier this year. Students are carrying a higher debt load, but feel their financial prospects are not any better with an advanced education. Calgary Herald | Read the report