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Immigrants admitted to Canada as Children – They participate in postsecondary education more often than the overall population

Immigrants admitted as children participate in postsecondary education more often than the overall Canadian population, with those admitted at younger ages participating the most

Participation in postsecondary education was relatively high for immigrants admitted to Canada before the age of 15. This observation is based on tax filers who were between the age of 18 and 30 years in 2019 and who claimed postsecondary tuition fees in the same year. In 2019, the postsecondary education participation rate was 70.3% for 20-year-old immigrants admitted as children, compared with 58.9% of the overall Canadian population. At age 25, the participation rate was 32.7% for immigrants admitted as children and 26.6% for the overall Canadian population.

Among immigrants admitted as children, postsecondary education participation generally decreased as immigrants’ ages at admission increased. In 2019, 76.7% of 20-year-old immigrants admitted before their fifth birthday participated in postsecondary education in Canada. The participation rate was 71.4% for those admitted between the ages of 5 to 9 years, and 63.8% for those admitted between the ages of 10 to 14 years. The younger children are admitted to Canada, the more likely they are to enrol in postsecondary education. Various factors can affect postsecondary education participation, such as academic preparation and knowledge of official languages.

Chart 1 – The 2019 postsecondary education participation for immigrants admitted as children, by age at admission, relative to the overall Canadian population

Chart 2 The 2019 median wages of immigrants admitted as children by age and immigration category, relative to the overall Canadian population

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story @  The Daily — Socioeconomic outcomes of immigrants admitted to Canada as children, 2019

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