Canada to encourage unemployed British graduates to emigrate

Published:  4 Oct at 6 PM
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Canada’s recent drive to attract young, bright graduates unable to find work in the UK is about to move into top gear with the slogan ‘Think Canada, not Australia’.

According to a recent Telegraph Expat story, Canadian immigration minister Jason Kenney will arrive in the UK next week with the sole purpose of persuading Britain’s brightest and best to choose Canada for the first step in their career journeys. Kenney believes that his country can offer more to young graduates than can recession-hit Britain and is determined to present Canada as a better alternative to Australia as regards jobs and future prospects.

At the present time, Canada is suffering an acute shortage of qualified, skilled labour, with Kenney set to meet with UK immigration minister Mark Harper to discuss opportunities for unemployed British workers. IT, construction, engineering and computer programming are all high on Kenney’s wish list, with the time needed in work in Canada before applying for permanent residency recently slashed to one year from two years.

Kenney is hoping to attract young people happy to work in gap year jobs, hoping they may then move to more skilled employment and decide to stay permanently in Canada. He believes many graduates with emigration on their minds think of Australia as the solution, perhaps due to the warm weather and Oz obsession with sports, but states that Canada can offer more opportunities in the long term to the underemployed and highly-educated.
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