As a group, Canadian-born whites earn CA$4,936 more on average than foreign-born visible minorities. A lack of Canadian work experience, cultural adjustments and language barriers may be contributing factors, but then again, foreign-born whites earn most of all! Also, Canadian-born visible minorities, who according to the report are the highest-educated group of Canadians aged 25 to 44, earn $8,158 less than Canadian whites.
Meanwhile, the Canadian report seems to echo a study in the UK which found that while 21% of blacks and Asians have degrees compared to whites at 15%, their unemployment rate had increased by 2% since 1990. Moreover, minorities were twice as likely as whites to be working in the low-wage hotel and restaurant sector. Globalisation has ushered in an era of mutually beneficial interactions between different countries. Now it must work on removing ethnocentric “glass-ceilings” within countries too.
©OECD Observer No 255, May 2006