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Growing Concerns Over Unemployment Crisis Among International Students in Canada

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Amidst a severe unemployment crisis affecting over a million international students in Canada, concerns are mounting over loose immigration policies and the scarcity of low-income jobs. Reports from Voice of America depict long queues of hopefuls vying for basic cashier positions, highlighting the struggle international students face in securing employment to meet their financial needs.

International students, restricted to part-time and predominantly low-wage jobs, struggle with diminishing job opportunities, exacerbating financial pressures. Dhvani Malik, a fourth-year international relations student at the University of British Columbia, voiced her distress over the mounting affordability crisis in Vancouver, compounded by escalating living costs.

Statistics Canada’s data as of March paints a grim picture, with the youth unemployment rate soaring to a staggering 12.6 per cent, signalling potential challenges in accommodating Canada’s rapidly growing immigrant population.

Acknowledging the issue, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged the need to regain control over the influx of temporary immigrants, acknowledging that the surge in numbers has outpaced Canada’s capacity to absorb them effectively.

The influx of migrants, attracted by Canada’s employment and immigration opportunities for international students, has overwhelmed the government, particularly regarding housing costs, a consequence of relaxed immigration policies.

However, curtailing international student numbers could pose a dilemma for Canadian institutions heavily reliant on the exorbitant tuition fees international students pay.

The government faces a delicate balancing act between addressing unemployment concerns among international students and sustaining the financial viability of educational institutions heavily dependent on their tuition fees.

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